CAIRO: As expat voting in the presidential election comes to an end Monday evening, media and presidential campaigns have begun speculating about the results.
Egyptian expatriates began voting on May 15, and polling stations will close Monday at 9 p.m., after the High Presidential Elections Commission (HPEC) extended the dates from May 18 to May 19.
The official campaign for candidate Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has been posting graphs of Australia since 5 p.m. showing the number of votes counted for Sisi in comparison to the total number of voters in each city. Most numbers are in favor of Sisi.
In Sidney, 2,699 out of 2,790 votes came in favor of Sisi, with 17 void votes. In Melbourne, 1,874 out of 1,944 (12 void), 99 out of 115 in Canberra (4 void), and 30 out of 39 in the small town of Manilla in New South Wales, the campaign reported on their official Facebook page.
While official results will only be announced by HPEC once the sorting is complete in all countries, Mahmoud Zayed, Egyptian ambassador to New Zealand, said Sisi obtained 90 percent of the votes there, in statements to Youm7 Monday.
Moreover, Hassan el-Leithy, Egyptian ambassador to Australia, told Youm7 that the total number of votes was 5,000 and that the process was smooth and without violations. The same comments were later echoed by Egyptian Ambassador to China Magdy Amer.
The Sisi campaign further reported the following international vote counts in favor of Sisi:
Indonesia: 59 votes out of 65, (0 void).
China: 91 votes out of 135 (15 void) in Beijing and 66 out of 74 (3 void) in Shanghai.
New Zealand: 41 out of 45 (1 void)
Rival candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi‘s campaign has not yet reported any numbers. HPEC reported on Sunday that 288,000 Egyptians voted in 141 polling stations in 124 countries, Youm7 reported.
Additional reporting by Mahmoud Hussein, Rabab Fathy and Mahmoud Mohey.