File Photo: Men walk in front of the National Election Authority (Photo: Reuters)
Egypt’s National Election Authority (NEA) has set 140 polling stations in the country’s embassies and consulates in 124 countries for voting by Egyptian expats in the first phase of House of Representatives elections slated for this week.
Egyptian voters abroad will be able to print their ballot papers on Monday and Tuesday by entering their registration code on the NEA website.
Voting is scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Voters will select several candidates from the individual list system depending on their electoral district, and others from the closed list system.
Both ballot papers must be placed in envelopes with a voter declaration, photocopies of the voter’s national ID card or passport, and residency documents. The papers must be sent via express mail to the electoral committee of their country’s diplomatic mission.
The first stage of elections covers 14 governorates between 21 October and 30 November. These include Giza, Fayoum, Beni Suef, Minya, Assiut, New Valley, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, Aswan, the Red Sea, Alexandria, Beheira, and Marsa Matrouh.
Voting at home is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, with the results announced on 1 November at the latest.
The first stage of election run-offs will be held on 21-23 November for Egyptians abroad, and 23-24 November at home with the final results declared on 30 November at the latest.
A total of 568 seats are up for grabs in Egypt's upcoming parliamentary elections, while 28 seats (five per cent) will be named by the president, bringing the House's seats to 596.