Egyptians overseas continue to vote in their country's presidential elections

Frederick Owens
March 19, 2018

Egyptian expatriates worldwide visited 139 polling stations early on Saturday across embassies and consulates to cast their ballots on the second day of the 2018 presidential election, which is scheduled to last overseas until Sunday.

Voting in Los Angeles and Canada will close on Monday due to the time zone difference.

The National Election Authority (NEA), headed by counselor Lashin Ibrahim, announced on February 24 the final list for Egypt's upcoming presidential election including President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Moussa Moustafa Moussa, Head of al-Ghad Party.

Egyptians at home are due on March 26-28 to cast their ballots in 27 governorates.

Polling facilities in most countries opened for voting at 9am local time on Sunday and closed at 9pm.

National Election Authority official spokesman Mahmoud al-Sherif said that polling stations at the embassies and consulate offices have secured all documents involved in the electoral process, including the number of those who cast their vote.

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Elections were held for Egyptians residing overseas in 139 polling stations around the world.

However, the tallies for expat votes will be announced as part of final results on 2 April.

Regarding the prospects of the elections, the deputy foreign minister noted that they are expected to be similar to those in 2014, when Egyptians registered en mass "to support their nation and demonstrate to the global community that what happens in the country represents the people's will". Several videos surfaced online showing men and women celebrating as they voted. The expatriate voting period will last for three days from 9 a.m.to 9 p.m.

He added that the Egyptian residents overseas are included in the national database, which registered about 54 million citizens with right to vote (of a total population of 95 million) in 2015.

In the run-up to the polls, would-be challengers to el-Sisi were effectively sidelined.

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