5.5% of Egyptian expats voted in 2nd round of parliament elections: HEC
Egyptians head to polls during 2nd round of Parliamentary elections. YOUM7 archive.

CAIRO: Over 38, 000 Egyptian expatriates cast their votes in the second round of the 2015 Parliamentary elections, High Elections Commission (HEC) spokesperson Omar Marwan announced in a press conference Monday.

The figures represent 5.5 percent of the eligible voters of Egyptian expatriates which reached more than 680,000 people. The total number of Egyptian expatriates who voted in the first phase of the parliament elections was 30,531, head of HEC Ayman Abbas said in October.

The vote was carried out Saturday and Sunday in Egyptian embassies and consulates of 139 countries worldwide. According to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s statistics, there are more than 8 million Egyptian expatriates abroad.

“Egyptian embassies and consulates in most of the 139 countries did not encounter any problems in voting and the process went smoothly, except for Egyptian consulates in Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh and Jeddah along with Jordan’s Amman, which encountered some technical problems,” Marwan said.

The highest turnout of the Egyptian voters abroad reached more than 600,000 in 2012 presidential elections in which former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi won. During the 2014 presidential elections, the number of expatriates’ votes registered 318,000 people.

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.

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