Voter turnout to increase during next 2 days: Amb. in Canada

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Fri, 16 Mar 2018 - 09:17 GMT

An Egyptian old man casts his vote in the presidential election in New York on Friday-Egypt Today

An Egyptian old man casts his vote in the presidential election in New York on Friday-Egypt Today

CAIRO – 16 March 2018: Egypt’s ambassador in Canada, Moataz Zahran, expects a noticeable increase in the numbers of voters on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18.

He added in statements to Egypt Today on Friday that due to the first day of the election not being an official holiday in Canada, most of the Egyptians were not able to participate and come to the embassy to cast their ballots; however, the chance could be higher on Saturday and Sunday.

Zahran added that the first day’s numbers were not low, as many Egyptians were keen to show up during the first hours on Friday morning.

After a long, active day, most of the embassies, including in Russia, Kuwait and Bahrain, have closed their doors after receiving large numbers of Egyptian expatriates during the first day of the 2018 presidential election.

Ambassador Ehab Nasr in Moscow said that the Egyptian communities were very keen to participate in the election despite the bad weather conditions, as the temperature reached 10 degrees below zero.

In statements to media outlets, Nasr expected more Egyptians to participate in the elections during the next two days until Sunday, March 18.

Earlier, Counselor Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the National Election Authority (NEA), assured that the authority has not received any complaints about the voting process abroad.

“The electoral process is going on in full swing,” Ibrahim said in a statement, adding that “the percent of the participation of Egyptian expatriates in the presidential election is good; Egyptians lined up in front of the doors of embassies and consulates to cast their votes.”

The operations room set up by the authority to follow up on the process of Egyptian expatriates voting in the election indicated that voter turnout is high in Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Riyadh and Jeddah, he noted.

He added that voters were also keen on casting ballots at the headquarters of the diplomatic missions in European countries.

The Egyptian embassy in New Zealand was the first to open to the electorate, given its 11-hour time difference with Cairo. China, Japan, Russia and Indonesia followed shortly after.

Due to political unrest and a worsening security situation, the elections will not take place in Libya, Syria and Yemen.

Egyptians at home are due to cast their ballots March 26-28 in the country's 27 governorates.

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