Egyptian expatriates at Egyptian embassy in New York to vote in the presidential election - Egypt Today
CAIRO – 18 March 2018: Members of the Egyptian community in both American states of Washington DC and New York were keen to present at the cities’ Egyptian embassies and consulates to cast their ballots in the second day of the Presidential elections.
Several Egyptian families had to drive for hours in order to participate in the voting process, some of the families came from far cities such as Goergia. The voters cast their ballots in ceremonial atmosphere.
The Egyptian community’s youth and elderlies had both equal presence at the Egyptian embassies and consulates, excited to take part in the 2018 Presidential elections.
Egyptian families in New York city chanted patriotic songs and slogans after voting in an atmosphere of joy and happiness, while children waved Egyptian flags in excitement.
The government and media outlets in Egypt have urged voters to head to the polls on the second of the country's presidential election, amid a sign of a higher-than-expected turnout in the balloting.
Election monitors said Friday's polling witnessed thousands of Egyptians lining up to cast ballots across the world in a vote that will determine the country's elected president for the coming four years.
Due to political unrest and a worsening security situation, the elections would not take place in Yemen, Syria and Libya.
Egyptians at home are due to cast their ballots in the country's 27 governorates on March 26 until 28.
The 2018 presidential election takes place in 139 foreign embassies and consulates in 124 foreign countries for three days.
Egyptian Deputy Foreign Minister Hamdi Loza said previously that all foreign missions have been provided with electronic scanners so voters’ ID cards and passports can be quickly scanned, noting that the whole expatriate voting process will be monitored by surveillance cameras linked with an operations room at the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
In 2017 the government estimated the number of Egyptians living abroad at 9.4 million.
The National Election Authority (NEA), headed by counselor Lashen Ibrahim, announced on February 24 the final list for Egypt’s upcoming presidential election including President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Moussa Moustafa Moussa, Head of al-Ghad Party.
Sixty million eligible voters will cast their ballots in the election on March 26-28 in Egypt, while expatriates will vote on March 16-18 at 139 polling stations located in embassies and consulates of 124 countries, said Ibrahim in a press conference.
The primary results of the first round of the election will be announced on March 29, where decisions on appeals submitted by candidates, if any, will be made. The final results of the first round will be announced on April 2.