2018 presidential election trends Twitter in Egypt
By: Egypt Today
Sat, Mar. 17, 2018
CAIRO – 17 March 2018: Hashtag Entkhabat Masr “Egyptian election” is trending on Twitter in Egypt on Saturday, after Egyptian communities started heading to 139 polling stations in the embassies and consulates of 124 countries on Friday to choose between two candidates: incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and al-Ghad Party head Moussa Mostafa Moussa.
Egyptians tweeted about the elections abroad. An account under the name Hani Salim 77 shared a photo of an Egyptian woman wearing a dress with the colors of the Egyptian flag and commented: “One of Egypt’s greatest women wearing the Egyptian flag with pride while voting in the Egyptian embassy in Britain, long live Egypt and long live great Egyptian women.”
#انتخابات_مصر #الانتخابات_الرئاسية #الانتخابات_الرياسيه_2018— Hani Salim77 (@HaniSalim77) March 17, 2018
إحدي عظيمات مصر ترتدي علم مصر بكل فخر وتدلي بصوتها في السفاره المصريه ببريطانيا وتعيشي يامصر بعظيماتك وسيداتك
تحيامصر بأبنائها المخلصين تحيامصر pic.twitter.com/q9lCfNJUYi
Another account under the name Mohamed el Saadany tweeted saying: “The participation of Egyptians living abroad in the presidential election is a national duty.”
Hashtag Entkhabat Reyasia (the presidential elections)
On Friday the hashtag Entkhabat Reyasia (the presidential election) was trending the whole day; Egyptians living abroad shared photos and videos while voting.
Twitter user Mohamed Haredy shared a video of Egyptians in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia while standing in very long queues waiting to vote in the election.
The Egyptian community in Saudi Arabia organized massive campaigns, organizational committees and voluntary task teams to assist in the 2018 presidential elections in the kingdom and to encourage Egyptian expatriates to head to the Egyptian embassy in Riyadh and the Egyptian consulate in Jeddah to cast their ballots.
The Egyptian community also prepared health care units, provided polling stations with wheelchairs for the elderly and the disabled, provided juices and beverages, and formed organizational committees to assist voters.
Another Twitter user, Shahen, shared a video saying that it’s of the elections in Kuwait City.
Egyptian community members in Kuwait flocked to the Egyptian embassy early Friday to cast their votes in the 2018 presidential election.
The embassy collaborated with Zain Telecommunications Company to send SMS messages to the citizens to remind them of the polling dates and to make sure that their IDs are valid. In the early morning of Friday, the embassy provided voters with buses to transport them to its headquarters.
Twitter user Mohamed el Saadany shared pictures of Egyptians in Dubai, UAE participating in the election.
The polling stations in the UAE accomplished all technical and logistical preparations for the voting process. Moreover, they provided the voters with all facilities to ease the voting process.
Dozens of Egyptian female voters chanted patriotic songs in front of the embassy’s headquarters in Dubai and raised photos of incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
The Ministry of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs has provided hotline numbers to receive any complaints from expatriates during the three-day voting process in the presidential election.
According to the statement, the numbers are: 01289850655, 01008113352, 01553486360 and 01128856655. It also provided an email for receiving complaints: Egyptiansabroad@emigration.gov.e.
Consulates and embassies across the world were to officially open their doors Friday at 9 a.m. local time in each country.