Bishop, Orthodox Church members cast votes in election

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Fri, 16 Mar 2018 - 03:49 GMT

Bishop Antonious Markos, bishop of African Affairs and of the Egyptian Orthodox Church in South Africa, and other members of the church casted their votes in the 2018 presidential election - Press Photo

Bishop Antonious Markos, bishop of African Affairs and of the Egyptian Orthodox Church in South Africa, and other members of the church casted their votes in the 2018 presidential election - Press Photo

CAIRO - 16 March 2018: Bishop Antonious Markos, bishop of African Affairs and of the Egyptian Orthodox Church in South Africa, and other members of the church casted their votes in the 2018 presidential election that started Friday at the Egyptian embassy in Pretoria.

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In a video posted Friday, the priest of the Virgin Mary Church in Bahrain invited all Egyptians around the world to participate in the 2018 presidential election, describing voting in the elections as “a national duty”.

He stressed that everyone should express their love for their country by participating in the elections in order to make the elections appear as a “civilized democracy that the whole world would talk about,” noting that the turnout of voters from the Egyptian community since the early hours confirms everyone's keenness to participate in the presidential election.

The Egyptian embassy in Bahrain witnessed a large turnout of voters from the Egyptian community of 23,000 voters.

The voting process for expatriates began on Friday for three days, where Egyptian communities will head to 139 polling stations located in embassies and consulates of 124 countries to choose between two candidates: incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and al-Ghad Party head Moussa Mostafa Moussa.

The primary results of the first round of the election will be announced on March 29, where decisions on appeals submitted by candidates, if any, will be made.

The final results of the first round will be announced on April 2.


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