The low voter turnout will likely be misunderstood by the political parties, I expect, as an endorsement of their own groups, which of course, it isn’t.
Political parties tend overestimate their own importance to the public.
People are concerned with their daily lives, needs and troubles, and very few believe that any party’s ascendancy to office would make their lives idyllic. Even if the parties believe that the people believe this.
People are, by default, interested in policies, even if they can’t articulate them. The Egyptian people know from their everyday lives and toils, what they are facing. Their problems are not new, not abstract, are not getting better, and are also not being addressed; not by El-Sisi, nor by most in the opposition.
Most people are less concerned with who is sitting in the president’s chair, and more concerned with how they will pay their bills, feed their families, educate their children, and so on. And this is right.
The unwillingness to actually address issues that matter to people has made the political process irrelevant to them, and it may very well make the opposition parties irrelevant to them as well. And this is also right.