Egyptians living in Jordan cast their ballots for the presidential election at the Egyptian embassy in Amman. REUTERS
CAIRO – 17 March 2018: Egyptian expatriates in Jordan, Oman, Mauritius and Armenia continue to vote in the 2018 presidential election on Saturday for the second day in a row.
“Yesterday’s turnout was a big surprise and I did not expect this turnout, neither in terms of numbers nor electoral performance,” Egypt’s Ambassador to Oman Mohamed Ghoneim said.
Ghoniem also said that the Egyptian community committed to voting amidst a state of urbanization and slavery.
However, Egypt’s Ambassador to Jordan Tarek Adel also said, “The electoral process has been going smoothly since the beginning of the day, and the Egyptian community’s in Jordan is keen to vote with all joy and happiness.”
Adel renewed his call for the Egyptian community in Jordan to participate positively in the presidential elections and to exercise their constitutional right.
In the elections, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will compete with Moussa Mustafa Moussa.
Egyptian expatriates worldwide visited 139 polling stations early Saturday in embassies and consulates to cast their ballots in the second day of the 2018 presidential election, which is scheduled to last until Sunday.
The Egyptian embassies in New Zealand and Australia inaugurated earlier the second day of voting in the presidential election on Friday at 10 p.m. (Cairo time), while consulates and embassies across the world were to officially open their doors Saturday at 9 a.m. local time in each country.
The government and media outlets in Egypt have urged voters to head to the polls on the second of the country's presidential election, amid a sign of a higher-than-expected turnout in the balloting.
Egyptians at home are due to cast their ballots in the country's 27 governorates on March 26 until 28.
The 2018 presidential election takes place in 139 foreign embassies and consulates in 124 foreign countries for three days.
Sixty million eligible voters will cast their ballots in the election starting March 26 until 28 in Egypt, while expatriates are set vote from March 16 until 18 at 139 polling stations located in embassies and consulates of 124 countries, said Ibrahim in a press conference.
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.