Expat voting extended to Monday
Supreme Presidential Election Committee - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The High Presidential Election Commission extended voting of Egyptian expats to Monday, Abdel Aziz Salman, the secretary general of the commission, said Saturday in a press conference.

“The commission decided to extend voting by another day so voters can have five, instead of only four days, to vote,” Salman said.

Voting is now scheduled to end Monday 9:00 p.m. at all embassies and consulates worldwide.

The turnout during the first two days, while heavy, was not satisfactory as the commission is aiming for turnout to hit 2 million votes, Salman added.

By Saturday evening around 250,000 votes had been registered, Salman noted, adding that expat turnout for the 2012 presidential elections, which brought Islamist President Mohamed Morsi to power, totaled 311,000.

Presidential elections are scheduled for May 26 and 27. Voters are choosing between the leftist Hamdeen Sabbahi and former Minister of Defense Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

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