Egyptian expats back Sisi in polls
Citizens living in Egypt will head to the polls early next week (Mohammed Mahjoub/AFP)
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Egyptian state news agency MENA has released the unofficial results of voting by expatriates in the country’s presidential election, which took place between Thursday and Monday.
The results show a huge lead for ex-army chief Abdel Fattah Al Sisi over his only competitor, leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi.
The results published by MENA are as follows:
New Zealand: Al Sisi 41, Sabahi 3
Shanghai: Al Sisi 66, Sabahi 5
Peking: Al Sisi 91, Sabahi 29
Manila: Al Sisi 30, Sabahi 9
Jakarta: Al Sisi 59, Sabahi 6
South Africa: Al Sisi 168, Sabahi 20
Germany: Al Sisi 1344, Sabahi 283
Moscow: Al Sisi 158, Sabahi 20
Aqaba (Jordan): Al Sisi 807, Sabahi 19
Zambia: Al Sisi 91, Sabahi 9
Norway: Al Sisi 84, Sabahi 9
Sudan: Al Sisi 1322, Sabahi 60
Nigeria: Al Sisi 102, Sabahi 18
France: Al Sisi 5839, Sabahi 480
Bahrain: Al Sisi 5305, Sabahi 491
Sweden: Al Sisi 714, Sabahi 51
Washington DC: Al Sisi 2404, Sabahi 187
Los Angeles: Al Sisi 5752, Sabahi 139
The foreign ministry said over 300,000 people voted.
In the run-off in the 2012 presidential poll – between Islamist Mohamed Morsi and Hosni Mubarak-era prime minister Ahmed Shafiq – 301,720 expatriates cast their ballots out of 586,804 eligible voters, a turnout of 52.3 percent. Voting in the first round of the poll, which lasted a week, saw 311,875 ballots cast.
Unlike the 2012 election, however, voting via mail or email was no longer an option this year, as expat voters had to be physically present at embassies and consulates.
However, whether permanently residing overseas, or temporarily out of the country for any reason, Egyptians abroad were allowed to cast their votes without prior registration.
The country's new presidential election law also dictates that expats must be registered in the voters' database, with a valid national ID card or Egyptian passport containing their national ID number when casting their ballots at the embassy. Voters can find their names in the database on the Presidential Election Commission's (PEC) official website: www.elections.eg
Holders of national ID cards that do not include their home address in Egypt are not eligible to vote.