Thu, 30 Nov 2023 - 11:43 GMT
Thu, 30 Nov 2023 - 11:43 GMT
CAIRO – 1 December 2023: Egypt’s Presidential election marathon kicked off on Thursday night [Cairo timing] in three different countries are: New Zealand, Australia and Japan, due to the time difference between them and Egypt, as Egyptians abroad were scheduled to be casting their votes on December 1-3, 2023.
The first country was New Zealand, as the Egyptian Embassy in Wellington opened its doors at 9 am local time to members of the Egyptian community seeking to cast their votes in the presidential election, which lasts for three days.
Voting outside Egypt is stated on December 1-3; from 9 am to 9 pm according to the local time in every country.
Egyptian expats in New Zealand flock to embassy to cast their ballots in 2024 Presidential Election 🇪🇬🗳️🇳🇿#EgyptElection #Egypt | #نيوزيلندا #مصر #الانتخابات_الرئاسية_2024 #الانتخابات_الرئاسية_المصرية #الانتخابات_الرئاسية #انتخابات_الرئاسة #السيسي #حازم_عمر #فريد_زهران… pic.twitter.com/Gp1UNRlymF— Egypt Today Magazine (@EgyptTodayMag) November 30, 2023
Australia opened second, as Egyptian nationals in Australia have started flocking to the premises of the Egyptian Embassy in Canberra and the Egyptian consulates in Sydney and Melbourne to cast their ballots in Egypt's presidential elections 2024.
The Egyptian Embassy in Canberra and the two Egyptian consulates opened their gates at 9 am (Australia local time) in the first day of the three-day balloting process in accordance with the timetable announced by the National Elections Authority (NEA).
Japan is expected to open third, as the Egyptian embassy in Tokyo is preparing to receive voters.
Egyptians abroad will participate in the presidential elections in 121 countries around the world according to the local time of each country.
The Egyptian expats will cast their votes in 137 embassies and consulates across 121 countries.
Egyptian Embassy in Madrid is preparing to receive voters to cast their ballots in 2024 presidential elections#EgyptElection #Egypt | #مصر #الانتخابات_الرئاسية_2024 #الانتخابات_الرئاسية_المصرية #الانتخابات_الرئاسية #انتخابات_الرئاسة #السيسي #حازم_عمر #فريد_زهران… pic.twitter.com/LjbgHDuY7r— Egypt Today Magazine (@EgyptTodayMag) November 30, 2023
Candidates running for the presidency include incumbent President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, represented by a star symbol; as well as Farid Zahran, the Social Democratic Party candidate, with the electoral symbol of a sun.
This is in addition to Abdel Sanad Yamama, the candidate chosen by Egypt's oldest liberal party Al-Wafd, who is represented by the symbol of a palm tree; and Hazem Omar, the Republican People’s Party candidate, with a ladder symbol.
On Wednesday, the electoral silence for the elections abroad commenced.
Egypt's embassies and consulates around the world have finished preparations to receive voters. The National Election authority published a list of the addresses of embassies and consulates where registered voters can cast their ballot.
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry made a visit to the Egyptian Embassy in Paris to check on its preparedness for the elections.
The Ministry of Emigration announced the launch of an operation room to follow up on the voting process abroad and answer the inquiries of the expats around the clock in coordination with the NEA.
Expats can contact the operations room of the ministry via phone through these numbers: (0220543411) and (0220543415).
How to vote?
Based on the law, Egyptian voters abroad require a valid Egyptian passport or a valid or invalid national ID card to be able to cast their ballot.
Voters must be registered in voter databases. Every Egyptian who has reached the age of 18 has the right to participate in the presidential elections. To make sure if your name is included in the databases, click on this link: https://www.elections.eg/inquiry.
The voter will then take his ballot card to the place designated for voting in the embassy or consulate, where he can cast his vote with ease.
Citizens who are at least 18 years old, fully enjoy their political and civil rights, and are listed in the voter database are eligible to vote in the elections inside Egypt and abroad.
Meanwhile, citizens who were convicted of tax evasion or had their assets confiscated and citizens under guardianship or suffering from mental or psychological disorders cannot cast their ballot.
People who cannot vote in the elections also include citizens detained on charges of bribing witnesses or committing a crime to evade military service and those detained on charges of theft, fraud, breach of trust, bribery, forgery, or giving false testimony.