CAIRO: Over 20,000 Egyptian expats in 139 countries have cast their ballots in the first day of parliament election second round, Foreign Ministry official was quoted by Youm7 Sunday.
Ambassador Hamdy Sanad Louza, Deputy Foreign Minister and head of the committee in charge of the preparation for the voting process aborod described the turnout of Egyptian expatriates as “acceptable.”
He said that Saudi Arabia saw the highest turnout during the first day. Voting abroad in the second phase will run until Sunday 9 p.m. Cairo local time.
The number of Egyptians living abroad is estimated at 8 million.
In the first phase of the elections which was carried out in October, 30,531 Egyptian expats have voted, representing 4.5 percent of over 680,000 eligible voters, the High Election Committee announced late October.
Voting for Egyptians living within the country will take place Sunday and Monday while results will be announced Tuesday. Appeals against results are to be filed by unsuccessful candidates Nov. 24-25 with a final say on Nov. 25, Marwan announced late August.
“In case of a run-off, voting overseas will take place between Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, while voting in Egypt will take place Dec. 1-2,” he said, adding that the final results will be announced Dec.3, appeals are to be presented Dec. 3-4 with a final say given by the HEC Nov.4.
The second phase will be held in 13 governorates: Cairo, Dakahlia, Menoufia, Port Said, Dakahlia, Gharbia, Kafr el Sheikh, Damietta, Ismailia, Suez, North Sinai, Sounth Sinai and Sharqia with 27.5 million eligible voters.
A total of 222 independent parliamentary seats will be available in the second phase, with 2,847 candidates competing in 102 constituencies, the High Election Committee (HEC) announced earlier this month.