Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriate Affairs Nabila Makram Ebeid encouraged Egyptian expatriates to cast their votes in the run-offs of the parliamentary elections.
The run-offs of the second phase of elections are scheduled to take place abroad on Monday and Tuesday in 139 consulates and embassies worldwide. Polls are set to remain open from 9am to 9pm over the two days of the elections.
Ebeid said the biggest population of Egyptians abroad is in the Gulf area. Saudi Arabia had the highest voting turnout of Egyptians abroad with a 30.4% participation rate and Kuwait came second with 18.3%, followed by the UAE at 12.7%.
According to the Supreme Electoral Commission (SEC), 37,168 expats voted in the first round of the second phase of elections that took place on 21 and 22 November.
The voting turnout of Egyptians abroad increased by 21.65% in the second phase of the elections as the number of votes in the first phase totalled 30,531, which represented around 4.5% of 680,000 eligible voters.
Only nine candidates won the majority of votes, managing to secure their seats from the first round, while the remaining 213 seats will be contested in the run-offs. “For the Love of Egypt” won all the lists’ contested seats in the second stage.
The Administrative Judiciary Court rejected a total of 56 appeals against the results of the second phase of the parliamentary elections in the governorate of Cairo.
The second stage of the elections takes place in 13 governorates, including Cairo, Suez, Kafr Al-Sheikh, Port Said, Ismailia, Daqahleya, Menufiya, Qaliubiya, Damietta, and North and South Sinai.