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More Egyptians abroad voted in second stage of parliamentary: Foreign ministry

Ahram Online , Monday 23 Nov 2015
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Egyptian expats vote at Egypt's embassy in Dubai (File photo: Reuters)
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The number of Egyptian votes abroad increased by 22 percent in the second stage of parliamentary elections compared to the first stage, deputy foreign minister for elections abroad Hamdi Loza said in a statement Monday.

Voting for Egyptians abroad took place Saturday and Sunday, where 37,168 Egyptians voted. 

The total number of Egyptians eligible to vote - including citizens at home - in the second stage is higher than the first stage, with 28.2 million compared to 27.4 million voters in the first stage.

The Higher Electoral Committee has not yet released figures of the number of voters abroad for the second stage.

A total of 30,531 Egyptian expats voted in the first stage.

For the first time, Egyptians living abroad will be represented by a quota in the parliament, as eight out 120 seats allocated for party lists will be expats.

Run-offs are set on November 30 and December 1 for expats.

The number of eligible voters abroad stands around 700,000, according to the foreign ministry.

Egypt has 141 embassies and consulates abroad.

 

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