Egypt's expats vote extended for 24 hours

Ahram Online, Saturday 17 May 2014

Voting for Egyptian expats will now last until Monday

Egyptians living in Tunisia cast their ballots for the presidential election at the Egyptian embassy in Tunis May 15, 2014. (Photo:Reuters)

Egypt's Presidential Elections Committee (PEC) announced Saturday that Egyptians abroad will be allowed to vote until Monday, 19 May, granting them one extra day to cast their votes in the presidential elections.

Expat voting, which started Thursday, was scheduled to end on Sunday at 9pm.

PEC's spokesman, Abdel-Aziz Salman, says the decision came due to the high turnout of voters.

Salman added that a preliminary count shows that by 5pm Saturday over 210,000 Egyptian expats had voted in the presidential elections in embassies across the world.

The turnout, according to Egypt's foreign ministry, is almost double that of January's constitutional referendum.

Voting in Egypt will take place 26 and 27 May.

The presidential race features just two candidates: former army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Nasserist politician Hamdeen Sabahi.

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