36K Egyptian expats vote in 2nd round of 2015 parliament elections: FM deputy
Egyptians head to polls during 2nd round of Parliamentary elections. YOUM7 archive.

CAIRO: A total of 36,000 Egyptian expatriates voted in the second round of the 2015 Parliament elections in 139 embassies and consulates worldwide, announced Egypt’s Foreign Minister Deputy Hamdy Louza Sunday evening.

The highest turnout was in Saudi Arabia, with a total of 11,300 voters casting ballots over the two-day period, he told On My Responsibility talk show on Sada al-Balad channel.

“A news conference will be held Tuesday by the High Elections Committee (HEC) to announce the results expatriates’ voting,” he added.

The voting turnout of the second phase increased by 18 percent, compared with the voting percentage of the first round that was held in late October, when total of 35, 000 expatriates voted, he continued.

According to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s statistics, there are more than 8 million Egyptian expatriates abroad. The eligible expatriates’ number reached more than 680,000 people, according to previously announced figures for previous presidential and parliamentary elections; however, the HEC announced that expats’ voting in 2015 elections is without prior registration.

Eligible expats of the second round are those who were born in governorates of Cairo, Qalubia, Dakahlia, Menoufia, Gharbia, Kafr El-Sheikh, Sharqia, Damietta, Port Said, Ismailia, Suez, North Sinai, and South Sinai.

Coincidently, Egyptians domestically headed Monday to polling stations in abovementioned governorates to cast their votes in the second day of the second round in the elections; more than 28 million are eligible to vote in this round.

Egypt’s House of Representatives will comprise of 596 members, with 448 to be elected as independents, 120 through the winner-take-all party lists system, with 28 seats to be appointed by the president, HEC said.

Egypt’s parliament was consists of two houses: Shura Council (upper house) and Peoples’ Assembly (the lower house); however, Shura Council cancelled and the Peoples’ Assembly was named the House of Representatives in 2014.

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