Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Expat Voting Begins in Egypt Presidency Election

Expat Voting Begins in Egypt Presidency Election

On Friday, Egyptian Minister of Manpower Mohamed Saafan said in a statement that some Egyptian expatriates could not vote in Doha as Qatari concerned authorities could provide Egyptian expats with buses to transfer them to the Complex of Embassies in order to vote in the presidential election as they were in the weekend.

Several Egyptian embassies across teh world including in Canberra, New Zealand, Japan and S. Korea have opened their doors for expatriates to cast their vote.

The two candidates are current President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Moussa Mostafa Moussa.

The electoral commissions of the embassies were equipped with modern, reliable tablets to read the national number of the ID card or passport number of the electorate, as electronic devices have been provided to embassies with specialized programs to manage the electoral process. The Committee set a condition for the global organisations which desired to monitor the election that their agents must be Egyptians and registered on the electoral records.

Egypt's ambassador to China Osama Al-Magdoub said the embassy in Beijing had mobilised the Egyptian community residing in China via social media to encourage them to exercise their constitutional right in participating in the presidential election.

Elections were held for Egyptians residing overseas in 139 polling stations around the world.

Voting overseas took place in 124 countries from 16 to 18 March, with Egyptians at home due to vote from 26 to 28 March.

The official acknowledged that there are no official statistics about how many Egyptians will vote overseas.

However, the tallies for expat votes will be announced as part of final results on 2 April.

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