Expat voter turnout high in third round of parliamentary polls

More than 49,000 Egyptian expatriates have voted in the third and final round of the People’s Assembly elections, according to the Foreign Ministry.

The results of expatriate voting were submitted late Wednesday night to the High Judicial Elections Commission (HJEC).  According to a statement by the ministry’s spokesperson, Amr Roshdy, 49,141 Egyptians have voted from abroad.

Egyptians in Saudi Arabia recorded the highest turnout, with 17,498 casting their ballots at the Egyptian Embassy in Riyadh, and 9,187 at the consulate in Jeddah, amounting to a total of 26,685.

Egyptians in Kuwait had the second highest turnout with 9,888 voters, followed by the United Arab Emirates with 3,365 and Qatar with 2,416.

Meanwhile, a statement issued late Wednesday by the cabinet's Information and Decision Support Center said that nearly 73 percent of eligible expatriate voters participated in the third round of the elections.

The third round kicked off on Tuesday in nine governorates: Minya, Qalyubiya, Gharbiya, Daqahlia, North Sinai, South Sinai, New Valley, Matrouh and Qena. Official results for the third round are slated to be announced Saturday. Runoffs are scheduled for 10 and 11 February.

Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr told reporters Wednesday that expatriates’ participation in elections has created closer relationships between them and Egypt's embassies around the world, citing the high turnout and spirit of cooperation.

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