Last day for Egyptian expatriate runoff voting
With polling closing Saturday at 8:00pm, over 210,000 Egyptians abroad out of 586,000 have cast their ballots thus far, according to Egypt's foreign ministry
Ahram Online, Saturday 9 Jun 2012
After a week of polling, voting in the runoff elections for Egyptians living abroad officially ends Saturday evening.
Foreign ministry spokesman Amr Rushdi said that voter turnout as of Saturday morning has reached over 210 thousand voters. 586,802 eligible expat voters were expected to take part in the second round of the elections.
In the first round, Egyptian expatriates were also given a week to vote prior to the elections in Egypt, which took place between 23-24 May.
Since none of the 13 candidates garnered a clear majority (over 50 per cent), this left the top two candidates: Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi and Mubarak-era prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, to compete in the runoffs in June.
Polling in embassies and consulates in over 161 countries will close Saturday at 8:00pm, with a possibility that the time can be extended depending on last-minute turnout, according to Rushdi.