4K Egyptians abroad vote at runoff, Kuwait records highest turnout
Egyptians voting at embassy in Oman in October 2015 parliamentary elections - Youm7 Archive

CAIRO: A total of 4,000 Egyptian expats have voted at the parliamentary elections runoff thus far, with the community in Kuwait recording the highest turnout, Assistant to Foreign Minister Hamdy Loza stated Monday.

The runoff voting continues for Egyptians abroad until Tuesday, the same day the runoff voting begins inside Egypt.

The turnout is “medium and positive” given that the runoff is carried out on a business day, Loza said, noting that the figure excludes the Americas, which have not begun the voting process due to different local time.

Egyptian expats in Kuwait have topped their counterparts in other countries in the first day of the runoff of parliamentary elections thus far, followed by United Arab Emirates, Qatar then Jordan, Loza said.

The turnout in European countries is “low,” he added.

The highest turnout of voters abroad in the first round was recorded in Kuwait with 12,600 votes, Parlmany reported.

The Egyptian community in Kuwait numbered 500 thousand citizens in June 2014, according to the State Information Service.

A total of 35,000 Egyptians expats cast their votes in the first round, registering 5.1 percent, with the highest turnout in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

The majority of the votes went to For the Love of Egypt list, according to the High Elections Commission.

The result of the 2015 parliamentary elections is planned to be announced Dec. 3.

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