Mon, 10 Aug 2020 - 08:37 GMT
File Photo: Elections in Egypt (Photo: AFP)
CAIRO – 10 August 2020: The second day of expats voting in Senate elections kicked off Monday starting with China as voters can cast their ballots by mail until 9:00 p.m. according to the time zone of their countries of residence.
The Ministry of Immigration and Egyptian Expats Affairs has coordinated with courier companies to deliver the letters by the evening of August 12 to Egyptian embassies and consulates. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the 140 diplomatic missions located in 120 countries have started to receive the ballots.
The missions will file the voting cards and send them to the Foreign Ministry, which will dispatch them to the national election committee to announce the results, he added.
Voters in the Senate Elections this year shall select a number of candidates representing the number of seats required in the individual system, in addition to one of the candidates lists in their constituencies from among 4 constituencies, each representing a number of governorates.
As they are not allowed to go to embassies like they used to do every election, Egyptian expatriates in 124 countries will be participating in the elections remotely by sending their votes via mail as part of the precautionary coronavirus related measures.
Egyptians who have valid passport or national ID and registered in the voters’ lists are entitled to cast their ballots in the elections, according to the National Election Authority (NEA).
The National Election Authority, which is in charge of supervising the electoral process in Egypt, has excluded expats in Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia from voting in the August Senate elections, due to unstable conditions of these states.
In case of a re-election, the ballot will be held abroad on Sunday and Monday (September 6 and 7).