Sorting of expats’ votes on constitutional amendments ends
The sorting of the ballots was conducted at the Egyptian embassies and consulates. The initial results of the three-day vote on the new amendments that allow President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to remain in power until 2030 will be sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cairo.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will then send the results to the National Election Authority (NEA).
Egyptian expatriates started voting on Friday. Meanwhile, nationals in Egypt have started voting on April 20.
The amendments include a “transitional article” that allows President Sisi to remain in power until 2024. Sisi will also have the right to run for a new 6-year term. The amendments also give the president the right to choose heads of courts, judicial bodies, the Supreme Constitutional Court, and the Attorney General, Egypt's top prosecutor from some nominees.
A number of Egyptian ambassadors stated that embassies and consulates have witnessed a high turnout over the three-day vote.
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CAIRO - 21 April 2019: Sunday marks the last day of voting for Egyptian expats in the referendum on draft constitutional amendments that started on April 19 in 124 countries with140 polling stations. The following are the statements of Egypt's ambassadors on the turnout.
Egyptian ambassador to Germany Badr Abdel-Atti and other members of the diplomatic missions sort the expats’ ballots on the constitutional amendments at the embassy in Berlin on Monday, April 22,2019- Press photo