Election officials claimed 88.8% of voters had confirmed the changes, with a turnout of 44%. Egyptian politicians triggered the referendum when 531 out of 596 lawmakers voted in favour of the changes last week. Sisi renewed his mandate last year with 97.8% of the vote, amid reports of vote-buying in poor neighbourhoods. Outside the polls at the weekend, voters talked of being bussed in from working-class neighbourhoods and bribed with E£150 (£6.70) packs of food to vote. The campaign also released videos and covered the streets in banners urging participation long before parliament voted to trigger the referendum.
Source: The Guardian April 23, 2019 18:33 UTC