CAIRO: As many as 20,000 Egyptian expatriates have participated in the run-off votes of the first phase of parliamentary elections as of Tuesday evening, the High Elections Committee (HEC) spokesperson Omar Marwan said in a press conference Tuesday.
The press conference was held while the vote was not over yet in 46 consulates and embassies including those in the U.S.
“During the first day of the polling, 55 percent of the ballots were cast by men, 41 percent of those who voted were between the ages of 18-45, 32 percent between the ages of 46-60 while those over the age of 60 have been the least active in the ballots with a 27 percent,” according to Marawan.
There are over 680,000 expatriates eligible to vote in the ballot while the number of Egyptians living abroad is estimated at eight million, according to Egypt State Information Service (SIS.)
“The said statistics are preliminary and based on a random sample of voters,” Marwan noted, adding that the committee will announce the final statistics within the coming days.
The total number of Egyptian expatriates who voted in the first phase of the parliament elections last week was 30,531 in 139 embassies and consulates across the world, head of HEC Ayman Abbas said last week.
The turnout for the first round held last week in 14 of Egypt’s 27 governorates was 26.6 percent.