EGYPTIAN EXPATS START VOTING IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

Thousands of Egyptian expatriates, in 124 countries, started on Friday, their voting in Egypt's presidential elections, Egypt's National Elections Authority (NEA), said.

Voters arrived at Egyptian embassies and consulates around the world, at 9.00 a.m. local time, of each country, to elect the next president, NEA spokesman, Mahmoud al-Sharif, told reporters in Cairo.

Elections inside Egypt will be held from Mar 26-28, where incumbent President, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, is expected to have an easy win over his rival, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, chairman of the liberal Ghad Party, after a couple of other possible strong challengers either withdrew, or were disqualified.

Gulf countries witnessed a notable turnout on the first day of the three-day overseas voting, al-Sharif said, adding that, the authority has not received any complaints of violations in the electoral campaigns.

He pointed out that the results of expatriates ballots will be announced after the vote inside Egypt is over.

Last Dec, a pro-Sisi campaign called "So That You Can Build It (Egypt)," launched by some politicians and lawmakers, said, it collected over 12 million signatures from Egyptians, who support Sisi's re-election.

In Jan, the majority of Egyptian parliament members signed a recommendation letter, urging Sisi to run for another four-year term, also his last one, according to the Egyptian constitution.

Source: NAM News Network

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