File photo: An Egyptian woman casts her ballot in the 2014 presidential election at the Egyptian embassy in Amman, Jordan. (Reuters)
The Minister of Emigration, Soha Gendi, announced that the operation room will respond to all inquiries and questions from Egyptians abroad around the clock in coordination with the National Elections Authority (NEA).
Gendi added that Egyptians abroad will be able to cast their ballots from 1-3 December from 9 am to 9 pm according to the local time of each country, noting that polling stations have been set up at the headquarters of Egyptian embassies and consulates worldwide.
Furthermore, the Emigration Minister stated that two contact numbers, 0220543411 and 0220543415, have been designated for communication with the Ministry of Emigration's Operation Room.
Gendi pointed out that according to the National Elections Authority regulations for Egyptians abroad, voters need a valid Egyptian passport or a valid/expired national ID card and be registered in the voter database.
Voters can check whether their names are in the voter database by entering their national ID number through the National Elections Authority's website via the link: https://www.elections.eg/inquiry
The authority noted in a statement on Thursday that ambassadors and consuls will oversee the voting process within the subcommittees.
The candidates running for the presidency include incumbent President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, who is running for a third term in office and whose electoral symbol is a star; Farid Zahran, the leftist opposition Social Democratic Party candidate with the sun as his electoral symbol; Abdel-Sanad Yamama, candidate of the Wafd party who has chosen the palm tree as his electoral symbol; and Hazem Omar, the Republican People’s Party candidate, with the ladder as his electoral symbol.
The final result will be announced on 18 December if no run-off is required.
Voting at home will take place from 10 -12 December.
According to media reports, the number of eligible voters inside and outside the country may surpass 65 million.
The Ministry of Emigration estimated the number of Egyptians abroad at around 14 million citizens.
Saudi Arabia has the largest Egyptian population abroad, estimated at 3 million, for whom two polling stations have been prepared at the Egyptian Embassy in Riyadh and the Consulate in Jeddah.
According to data documented by the "Dialogue Forum for Development and Human Rights," the number of voters abroad in the 2012 presidential elections was around 314,000.
The number of those voting abroad increased slightly in 2014 to over 318,000 before it declined in the 2018 elections to just over 157,000 votes.
Egyptians living in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait recorded the highest voting rates, followed by Egyptians in the UAE and Qatar.