Egyptians voted in the 2018 presidential election in Doha - Press photo/Egyptian embassy in Doha Facebook page Egyptians voted in the 2018 presidential election in Doha - Press photo/Egyptian embassy in Doha Facebook page

Egyptian embassy in Doha shuts down to tally votes for presidential election

Sun, Mar. 18, 2018
CAIRO - 18 March 2018: The Egyptian embassy in Doha closed down its doors to count ballot papers on Sunday, announcing the end of the voting process that lasted for three days.

A large number of Egyptian workers in Qatar headed to the Egyptian consulate in Doha to cast their votes on the third day of the presidential election on Sunday, according to the Ministry of State for Emigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs.

The ministry posted a video on its official Facebook page, showing people of the Egyptian community while they were raising their homeland’s flag outside the consulate.



On Friday, Egyptian Minister of Manpower Mohamed Saafan said in a statement that some Egyptian expatriates could not vote in Doha as Qatari concerned authorities could provide Egyptian expats with buses to transfer them to the Complex of Embassies in order to vote in the presidential election as they were in the weekend. However, the NEA denied what has been stated in the minister’s remarks. Since May 2017, Egypt, along with three Gulf States, has severed their ties with Qatar over accusation of “supporting terrorist groups.”

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In a press conference on Saturday, Foreign Minister Deputy Hamdi Louza said that the Foreign Ministry did not receive any complaints of obstacles hindering expats’ voting in Qatar on those two days.

On Thursday evening, Egyptian expatriates started to cast their vote in the election worldwide to choose between incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and his only rival, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, al-Ghad party’s chairperson.

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The election is being conducting in 139 embassies and consulates across 129 countries according to data from the NEA. Consulates and embassies in different countries officially opened their doors on Friday at 9:00 a.m. local time in each country.

This is the third presidential election to be held since the January 25 Revolution in 2011; a run-off round, if needed, is scheduled to take place in April.

The government and media outlets in Egypt have urged voters to head to the polls on the second day of the country's presidential election, amid a sign of a higher-than-expected turnout in the balloting on the first day.

Sixty million eligible voters at home are due to cast their ballots in the country's 27 governorates starting March 26 until 28.

qatarEgyptians voted in the 2018 presidential election in Doha - Press photo/Egyptian embassy in Doha Facebook page
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