Egyptian expatriates to cast ballots from May 15
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By AMIRA EL-FEKKI

CAIRO: Saturday marked the deadline for Egyptian expatriates to register to cast their votes abroad, where polls are scheduled to open in embassies from May 15 to 18.

There are 141 polling stations in 124 states, the Secretary-General of the High Presidential Elections Committee Abdul Aziz Salman told Youm7 Saturday.

Egyptian expatriates reported several complaints regarding registration and voting practices during the constitutional referendum last January, after the Egyptian state forbade voting through by mail and required people to register in embassies, to limit the risks of forgery.

The system, many said, posed obstacles which prevented people from voting in the referendum before.

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Badr Abdel Atty stated there was no need to register at the embassy as being registered to the voters’ database was enough, maintaining that the national ID or international passport which contains the national ID digits are the two options to register for the elections, in an interview on ONtv on Friday night.

While five new polling stations have been provided in the cities of Frankfurt, Hamburg, Istanbul, Aqaba and Shanghai, there will be no polling stations in Central Africa, Somalia, Libya and Syria due to their security situation, Abdel Atty added.

Abdel Atty said that “strict security measures” have been undertaken inside and outside embassies and consulates.

Additional reporting by Mahmoud Hussein.

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