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Egyptian expats rush to cast ballots on second day of presidential elections

Polling stations are open from 9am to 9pm on each of the three election days, ending Sunday

Ahram Online , Saturday 17 Mar 2018
Kuwait
Egyptian expatriates living in Kuwait celebrate as they arrive to cast their vote at the Egyptian embassy in Kuwait City (Photo: AFP)
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Egyptian expatriates are rushing worldwide to cast their ballots in the second day of voting in the 2018 Egyptian presidential elections Saturday, one day before the end of the electoral process abroad, being held in 124 countries. 

 

In an official statement Saturday, Egypt’s Ministry of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs said its operation room continues to monitor procedures, supervised by 786 members of embassies and consulates worldwide. 

 

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Moussa Mostafa Moussa, the head of the Ghad Party, are the only two candidates on the ballot.

 

The ministry said that Friday witnessed a high turnout worldwide, with the ministry also receiving a large number of queries related to the process. 

 

The ministry added that among the inquiries were suggestions by Egyptian expats to provide help to ease and organise the electoral procedures in the countries they were residing in. 

 

According to the ministry, heavy turnout was foreseen in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, US, and parts of Europe. 

 

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A record turnout of Egyptian expatriate women was also witnessed worldwide, with the ministry adding that women were leading lines to vote in front of embassies, showing a “civilised semblance” for the Egyptian elections. 

 

Since the beginning of elections abroad on Friday, several videos have emerged from embassies worldwide showing Egyptian men and women celebrating while voting, blasting patriotic songs and wearing clothes resembling the Egyptian flag's red, white and black colours. 

 

Expatriates will need a national ID card or valid computerised passport to be eligible to vote.

 

Polling stations are open from 9am to 9pm on each of the three election days.

 

Votes will be collated inside embassies and diplomatic missions and the results sent to the National Elections Authority, which has described the first day as “smooth.”

 

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There are no official figures on the number of Egyptians abroad who are eligible to vote; however, the total number of eligible voters in the main national voter database is 59 million eligible voters, according to National Elections Authority statistics. 

 

The vote will take place domestically from 26 to 28 March.

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