Foreign ministry ready to grant Egypt expats right to vote

Ahram Online , Sunday 9 Oct 2011

Official says ministry 'fully prepared' to allow Egyptians living abroad to vote in parliamentary, presidential polls

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday announced its readiness to allow Egyptians living abroad to vote in upcoming national elections.

At a press conference, Ambassador Ahmed Ragab, the foreign minister’s aide for consular affairs and immigration, stated that the ministry was “fully prepared” to grant Egyptian expatriates the right to vote in upcoming parliamentary and presidential polls.

The ministry, he added, was currently awaiting a final decision on the matter by the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

Ragab went on to explain that Egyptians residing overseas would be able to cast their ballots via the Internet, at their respective Egyptian embassies, or through “judicial commissions” dispatched to foreign capitals with large Egyptian communities.

On Saturday, Egyptian expats staged demonstrations outside Egyptian embassies in several Western capitals - including London, Paris, New York and Ottawa - to demand the right to vote in upcoming elections.

According to official estimates, roughly seven million Egyptians currently live and work overseas.

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