FILE PHOTO: Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a news conference in Cairo, Egypt December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool.
CAIRO - 20 March - 2018: Famous Egyptian director Sandra Nashaat conducted a TV interview with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, delivering to him miscellaneous questions asked by Egyptian citizens.
The interview, titled "A President and a Nation 2018", will be aired on Tuesday, March 20 on some Egyptian satellite channels. Sisi replies during the interview to Egyptian Citizens questions and inquiries.
The interview will include 100 questions and live meetings with Egyptians from different social segments and governorates.
Consulates and embassies across the world officially opened their doors Friday at 9 a.m. local time in each country. The Egyptian embassy in New Zealand was the first to open to the electorate, given an 11-hour time difference with Cairo.
China, Japan, Russia and Indonesia followed shortly after. Due to political unrest and a worsening security situation, the elections would not take place in three countries: Yemen, Syria and Libya. Egyptians at home are due to cast their ballots March 26-28 in the country's 27 governorates.
Egyptian Foreign Minister’s Deputy Hamden Loza said previously that all foreign missions have been provided with electronic scanners so voters’ ID cards and passports can be quickly scanned, noting that the whole expatriate voting process will be monitored by surveillance cameras linked with an operations room at the Foreign Ministry.
He added that the Foreign Ministry held training courses for committees that will supervise voting abroad under the supervision of the National Elections Authority (NEA), as well as other procedures aimed at facilitating the highest turnout from expats.
Loza called on Egyptians abroad to participate in the presidential elections, which began March 16 and lasts for three days.
In 2017, the government estimated the number of Egyptians living abroad at 9.4 million.
The NEA, headed by counselor Lasheen Ibrahim, announced on February 24 the final list for Egypt’s upcoming presidential election, including President Sisi and Moussa Moustafa Moussa, head of al-Ghad Party.
Sisi showed his intention to run for president during his closing speech at the end of the three-day “Tale of a Homeland” conference, where the president and the Egyptian government presented an overview of the projects and achievements made in different fields during the last four years.
On his official Twitter account, Sisi called on the Egyptian people to participate intensively in the upcoming election and give their votes to whomever they see most eligible.
Sixty million eligible voters will cast their ballots in the election on March 26-28 in Egypt, while expatriates vote March 16-18 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.