Electoral silence for Egypt's presidential elections starts abroad Wednesday, casting ballots Friday

Radwa ElSayed Hani , Wednesday 29 Nov 2023

The electoral silence for the 2024 Egyptian Presidential Elections abroad commenced on Wednesday, two days before voting starts on Friday. Voting abroad is slated from 1-3 December.

File Photo: An Egyptian expatriate living in Lebanon. AFP


According to the National Election Authority (NEA), 137 embassies and consulates across 121 countries will receive voters from 9am to 9pm.

Egyptians registered in the voters database who will be abroad during the three-day election duration are entitled to cast their votes.

The NEA website published the addresses of polling stations abroad.

Voters abroad must provide either a valid or expired national ID card or a valid passport.

If an individual has never obtained a national ID, they can still cast their ballot using the new passport that contains a national ID number.

Candidates running for the presidency include incumbent President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, who is competing for a third term in office represented by a star symbol, as well as Farid Zahran, the leftist opposition Social Democratic Party candidate, with the electoral symbol of a sun.

This is in addition to Abdel-Sanad Yamama, the candidate chosen by Egypt's oldest liberal party the Wafd who is represented by the symbol of a palm tree, and Hazem Omar, the Republican People’s Party candidate, with a ladder symbol.

Presidential elections at home will take place from 10-12 December, with electoral silence beginning on 8 December.

The NEA will announce the final result on 18 December if no run-off is required.

The number of eligible voters in Egypt and abroad may surpass 65 million, according to media reports.

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