CAIRO: Voting abroad by Egyptian expats began in 124 countries, with 141 poll stations across Egyptian embassies and consulates around the world, al-Watan reported.
Expats in New Zealand voted first, due to different time-zones, starting Wednesday at 11 a.m. Cairo time and Thursday 9 a.m. New Zealand time. Egypt’s diplomatic subcommittee mission received Egyptian voters in Wellington, the capital of New Zeeland.
Voting abroad is done through an electronic system, whereby voters can vote without needing to previously register their information per law No. 22 for the year 2014 which stipulates that Egyptians living or visiting any country can vote at the nearest poll station in any Egyptian embassy or consulate, Al-Watan added.
Egyptians in Sudan started voting for presidential elections at the Egyptian Embassy in Khartoum. Sudanese police secured the embassy as a precaution against potential clashes, MENA reported.
Egypt’s Ambassador to Sudan Osama Shaltout said Egyptians living in Sudan, registered in the electoral database, can participate in the elections with their national ID or passport. The elections are scheduled to last for four days, starting Thursday and ending on Sunday, MENA added.
Voting also started in Gulf countries Thursday morning. Egyptians went to embassies and consulates to vote, Al-Watan reported.
Egypt’s Ambassador to India Khaled al-Baqly said Thursday on ONTV channel that no accurate count of voters in India could be given due to the decree that states that any Egyptian abroad, whether he is a resident or tourist, can vote without having to be registered. Baqly added that 100 Egyptians were registered during previous elections in India.
Baqly also expected that people would vote after finishing work from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday.
Voting in East and South Asian countries, including China, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Pakistan, started early Thursday, Al-Wafd reported.