Voting in 2024 Presidential Elections kicks off for Egyptians abroad at 106 polling stations

Ahram Online , Friday 1 Dec 2023

A total of 106 polling stations opened worldwide on Friday, the first day of voting for Egyptian expats in the 2024 Presidential Elections, according to the Executive Director of the National Elections Authority (NEA) Ahmed Bendari.

A photo of a woman casting her vote in the Embassy of Egypt in Romania. Photo: Al-Ahram.

Hundreds of Egyptians living abroad have already arrived at their respective embassies to cast their ballots for the 2024 Presidential Elections, including the Embassies of Egypt in Japan, Germany, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Italy, China, Singapore, Tunisia, Morocco, Qatar, Bahrain and many more. 

According to the NEA, 137 embassies and consulates across 121 countries will receive voters from 9am to 9pm on 1-3 December.

Meanwhile, voting within Egypt will take place from 10-12 December.

The final result will be announced on 18 December if no run-off is required.

On Thursday evening, the National Elections Authority (NEA) announced that its central operation room had begun monitoring the voting of Egyptians abroad in the 2024 Presidential Elections, starting from 10pm. This coincided with the start of the voting process in New Zealand, the first country to begin the elections.

Bendari pointed out that this monitoring will happen around the clock, in coordination with embassy and consulate staff. 

Egypt’s Ministry of Emigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs also launched an operation room to monitor the voting of Egyptians abroad in the 2024 Presidential Elections

Emigration minister Soha Gendi affirmed that the operation room is available to respond to all election inquiries from Egyptians at all times.

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 are available in Riyadh and 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. It increased slightly in 2014 to over 318,000 before it declined in the 2018 elections to just over 157,000 votes.

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.

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