CAIRO: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged Egyptians abroad to vote “intensively” in the presidential elections, which will be hosted in 141 polling stations in 124 countries starting Thursday.
In a Wednesday release, the ministry noted it had operation rooms working around the clock to follow up the elections abroad with embassies in order to receive reports regarding security and administrative measures.
Badr Abdel Atty, the Foreign Ministry spokesperson, said for the first time the commission will allow Egyptians who are outside Egypt temporarily, for tourism or any other reason, to vote in the elections by heading to the nearest poll at a consulate or embassy by presenting their valid national identification cards or valid passport.
The voting will take place from Thursday May 15until Sunday May 18 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. local time.
Secretary General of the Commission, Abdel Aziz Selman, said in a press conference held Wednesday, in Egypt State Information Service headquarters, aired by CBC Extra that the committee is “prepared to face and stop any obstacle will face Egyptians abroad.”
There are almost 600,000 Egyptians abroad registered in the commission, but the decision to cancel the registration is expected to increase the number of voters outside Egypt in the presidential elections, Al-Ahram reported Wednesday.