A man casts his ballot on constitution in a polling station in Cairo in 2012 (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
Police will be in charge of printing the ballot papers in Egypt's presidential election, the head of the election committee has said.
Presidential Elections Committee (PEC) secretary-general Abdel-Aziz Salman made the comments in an interview on private satellite channel El-Mehwar.
Expats will cast their ballots from 15 to 18 May. While voting in Egypt will take place on 26-27 May.
Salman said the general intelligence service had refused a request to help with the printing because it lacked the technical capacity to carry out the task in such a short period of time.
He confirmed that expats living in Qatar and Turkey would vote at the same time as all other Egyptians living abroad.
Hamdeen Sabahi and Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi are the only candidates in the 2014 presidential race.
Polling stations will be open from 9am to 9pm on the first day of voting. On the second day, they will be open at 9am and will not close until the last person queuing has cast their ballot.
Election campaigning started on 3 May and will continue until midnight on 23 May.
A committee, consisting of representatives from the ministries of religious endowments, media and education, the police's general investigation department and the Egyptian Anti-Corruption Agency, will monitor for violations of the no-campaigning policy after 23 May.
Out of 44 national and international media institutions that applied for licences to cover the election, 36 were approved, while 13 out of 18 satellite channels were permitted to cover the elections.