Egypt amends law for expatriate voting

Egyptians overseas can now vote using IDs or passports.

Egypt amends law for expatriate voting

World Bulletin / News Desk

Interim President Adly Mansour has amended Egypt's political rights law to allow Egyptians overseas to vote using IDs or passports.

Before being amended, the law had stipulated that only ID-wielding Egyptians can vote in election.

Last week, Mansour amended the political rights law to allow Egyptian diplomats, rather than judges, to supervise expatriate voting.

Under the amendments, diplomats instead of judges will oversee polling centers set up for Egyptians working and studying overseas.

Mansour's amendments call for setting up voting booths outside Egyptian diplomatic missions abroad.

Unofficial estimates put the total number of Egyptian expatriates worldwide at some eight million.

According to election commission official Tarek Saad, around 680,775 Egyptian expatriates are currently registered to vote.

Egypt plans to hold a referendum – expected sometime in January – on an amended version of the 2012 constitution, which was suspended by the military following the July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.

Last Mod: 12 Aralık 2013, 09:26
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