Foreign ministry gears up for expat voting

Ahram Online , Wednesday 26 Oct 2011

Following court ruling, Egyptian embassies worldwide prepare for expatriate balloting in advance of next month's parliamentary contest

Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is taking steps to allow Egyptian nationals living abroad to participate in upcoming parliamentary polls, ministry spokesman Amr Rushdy stated on Wednesday.

It was the first official ministry statement on the issue since an administrative court on Tuesday ruled to allow Egyptian expatriates to vote in national elections.

Rushdy clarified, however, that the ministry was still awaiting a final decision on the matter by Egypt’s ruling military council.

The spokesman went on to note that Egyptian embassies and consulates worldwide were currently making preparations for expatriate balloting in advance of Egypt's first post-Mubarak parliamentary contest, slated to begin on 28 November.  

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