Egyptian expats will not be able to vote in the upcoming presidential elections in five countries due to unstable conditions, deputy foreign minister Hamdi Loza told Al-Ahram Arabic on Wednesday.
Loza said Egyptians residing in Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and the Central African Republic will not be able to vote due to wars or violence taking place in those countries. The ministry would not accept endangering Egyptian citizens’ lives given the obstacles to securing the voting process, he said.
The deputy minister did not give any information about how many Egyptians might be affected.
Expats are set to vote at Egyptian embassies around the world from 16 to 18 March. The domestic vote will take place from 26 to 28 March.
A total of 139 diplomatic missions will be supervising the elections worldwide, Loza said last week in an interview with Al-Ahram daily, calling on Egyptians abroad to participate in the presidential elections.
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 databass is 59 million eligible voters, according to National Elections Authority statistics.