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Egyptian electoral Committee extend voting abroad for one day
May 18, 2014, 11:29 am
EXERCISING FRANCHISE: Egyptian line up to vote outside their consulate in Saudi on Saturday.

The Presidential Elections Committee Saturday said it would extend voting for Egyptians living abroad, scheduled to end tomorrow, for another day.

The committee said in a statement it decided to extend voting abroad for another day to end at 9:00 p.m. local time in every country.

It attributed the extension to the high turnout of voters.

Meanwhile, foreign ministry said around 200,000 voters have casted their ballots so far.

Heavy voter turnout at Egyptian missions

Egyptian expatriates in Saudi are flocking to their local missions to cast their vote in the ongoing presidential elections. The four-day polling session, which will ends Sunday, witnessed an impressive turnout on both Friday and Saturday thanks to the weekend.

Many expats from other regions made their way to the embassy in Riyadh and the consulate in Jeddah to take part in the historic elections. The turnout is more than 100 percent higher than participation in polling for the constitutional referendum in January thanks to the removal of prerequisites, such as prior registration.

More than 45,000 votes had been cast in Riyadh and Jeddah by Saturday afternoon, according to Egyptian officials. There was a high turnout both on Friday and Saturday at around noon, he said.

“Additional booths were placed on weekends to facilitate the voting process in Jeddah and Riyadh,” said Mustafa Abdul Jawad of the Egyptian Embassy.
“On average some 800 voters cast their vote per hour in the Kingdom,” he said. “Voting is conducted until 11 p.m.”

Adel El-Alfy, Egypt's consul-general in Jeddah, was seen visiting long queues at the consulate in the Rawdah district.

Official sources told Arab News that a similar scene could be witnessed in Riyadh, where Ambassador Afif Abdul Wahab is reportedly spending a lot of time supervising the voting process.

“I have come all the way from Abha to cast my vote so I can have a say in my country’s future,” said Abdul Rahman Al-Fatah, an Egyptian working in the southern town.

“It is certain that Abdul Fattah El-Sisi will be president of Egypt and that the voting process is only a formality, but I still wanted to exercise my right to vote,” said Hashim Hussain Ali, another Egyptian expatriate who works in Jeddah.

Women are also turning up in huge numbers to cast their votes.

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