Around 180 e-readers will be provided to 41 Egyptian embassies and consulates to facilitate voting during the presidential elections, which will take place between 15 and 18 May, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) announced Tuesday.
“MCIT has set a technical system where e-reader devices rely on national ID cards and automated passports,” the ministry said.
“The data of voters is instantly sent through secured communications techniques of the committee’s information centre organised by MCIT for that purpose,” it added.
The technology was approved by the Supreme Electoral Commission, and will be used by a large number of expatriates in Arab countries, the United States, Australia and most of the European countries.
According to MCIT, the expatriates voting system is complementary to the mechanism set by the Ministry of Administrative Development and will help facilitate the voting process while eliminating double voting.
The technologically advanced system will be used “to oversee the data at the Supreme Committee and mark the names of voters who participated in the voting process abroad in order to exclude their names from the internal branch electoral committees lists”.
Around 120 diplomats and administrative employees received training on how to operate the e-readers.