Voices of Dissent
"Legally speaking, we cannot question Mubarak’s win but the humble 23 percent turnout does undermine the regime’s legitimacy."- Hassan Nafaa, a professor of Political Sciences in Cairo University.
"They had not bothered to cast the ballot believing the results were settled in advance even if it is the first multi-candidate polls in Egyptian history."
"This can not be called a victory."- Mohammad Al-Sayed Saeed, the deputy director of Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies.
"It’s really alarming that the middle class, the locomotive of Egyptian society, has shunned the election, which poses a major challenge to Mubarak in his new term."
Those who voted for Mubarak were largely civil servants and farmers "who live under the control of the state apparatuses."