Egyptians abroad vote on constitutional amendments for third and final day

Ahram Online , Sunday 21 Apr 2019

Egyptian expats voting in Kuwait (Photo: Courtesy of Egyptian Foreign Ministry)

Egyptian embassies around the world are receiving on Sunday, for the third and final day, Egyptian citizens who wish to vote on the country’s constitutional amendments.

Voters abroad began voting on Friday at 140 Egyptian consulates and embassies in 124 countries. The polls abroad will close on Sunday evening.

Polling stations inside the embassies of France, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE, Uganda, Ukraine, Russia, and other countries opened at 9am in each country’s local time. 

The Ministry of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriate Affairs is following up through its operations room on the voting of expats, MENA reported.

According to the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS), there are 9.5 million Egyptians living abroad in 2019.

During the 2014 constitutional referendum, the number of eligible overseas voters was 681,346 Egyptians, and an estimated 103,000 expatriates participated in the poll.

Egyptians are voting on the proposed amendments to the 2014 charter, which were recently overwhelmingly approved by parliament. 

The amendments increase the length of presidential terms from four to six years.

They also extend the second term of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, which is set to end in 2022, by two years, and allow him to run for office for another term in 2024.

El-Sisi was first elected president in 2014 and was re-elected last year in a landslide victory where he secured 97 percent of the vote.

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