Egyptian expats in Qatar continue to show strong turnout at polling stations for the 2024 Egyptian Presidential Elections on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Egypt s Emigration Ministry
Ahmed Bendari, the executive director of Egypt's National Elections Authority (NEA), said Sunday that the vote-counting process has started at the Egyptian embassy in New Zealand's capital, Wellington, following the end of the final day of the voting process according to New Zealand's local time.
The voting process also concluded at Egypt's embassy in Canberra, Australia's capital, in line with Australia's local time.
According to Bendari, a total of 103 polling stations across 137 embassies and consulates in 121 countries are receiving eligible voters from 9 am to 9 pm on 1-3 December, with an additional 33 polling stations opening their doors in the next few hours to receive voters due to the different time zones.
Egypt's Minister of Emigration and Expatriates Affairs Soha Gendy said Sunday that the minitsry's operation room monitoring the voting process observed Saturday a substantial voters turnout on the second day of the voting process, surpassing the rates from the initial day.
The minister further added that due to the weekend holiday, a large number of Egyptian expats are casting their votes in embassies in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Russia, as well as all European countries.
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.
Other contenders are Abdel-Sanad Yamama, representing the Wafd party with the palm tree as his electoral symbol, and Hazem Omar, the candidate from the People's Republican Party using the ladder as his symbol.
Voting within Egypt is scheduled to occur from 10 to 12 December. The final election results are slated for announcement on 18 December, provided no run-off is necessary.
Snapshot highlights on Sunday from Egyptian embassies and consulates in Dubai, Sarajevo, Baghdad, Los Angeles, Paris, Houston, Budapest, Harare, Windhoek, Muscat, Belgrade, Doha, and Abu Dhabi. Photos courtesy of Egypt's Foreign Ministry