CAIRO: Voting by Egyptian expatriates in parliamentary elections in Yemen has been cancelled over “security concerns,” the Head of the High Elections Committee (HEC) judge Ayman Abbas said in a statement Monday.
Egyptian expatriates in Yemen were scheduled to cast their votes in a polling station in the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa, Youm7 reported.
HEC decided to cancel the vote process for Egyptians in Yemen due to “the deteriorating security conditions and the ongoing political turmoil,” said the statement.
On Feb. 3, the HEC opened 141 electoral committees at Egyptian embassies and consulates worldwide in several countries, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the U.S., Germany and China.
The upcoming parliament will be composed of 567 seats, 420 of which will be independents, with 120 seats for the party-list system along with 27 seats to be appointed by the president.
In January, the HEC announced that the parliamentary elections will be held in two phases: Egyptians in 14 of the country’s 27 governorates will go to the polls March 22-23 with runoffs scheduled for April 1-2. Others in 13 governorates will vote April 26-27 with runoffs from May 6-7.
As for expatriate Egyptians, the first round will be held March 21 and the second will be conducted April 25; both for two successive days.
On January 19, Egypt shut down its embassy in Yemen along with military, cultural, and press offices amid clashes between Yemeni army and the Houthis before it was opened again on the following day.