Egypt Expats to vote in constitutional referendum

A total of 680,775 expatriates are eligible to vote in the referendum on Wednesday.

Egypt Expats to vote in constitutional referendum

World Bulletin / News Desk

Expatriate Egyptians will start voting on Wednesday for five days in a public referendum on a revised version of Egypt's 2012 constitution.

Voting will be held at Egyptian embassies and consulates in 138 countries.

Egyptians living in New Zealand will be the first to cast ballot, while those in Los Angeles in the United States will be the last.

A total of 680,775 expatriates are eligible to vote in the referendum, according to Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdel-Ati.

Saudi Arabia has the highest number of registered Egyptian voters (312,000) followed by Kuwait (132,000), the United Arab Emirates (67,000) and Qatar (42,000).

There are 31,000 registered Egyptian voters in the United States, 13,000 in Canada and 11,000 in Italy.

The National Alliance of the Defense of Legitimacy, which calls for the reinstatement of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, has called for Egyptians to boycott the referendum.

Coalition leader Rida Fahmi has earlier said that the pro-democracy bloc plans to stage sit-ins outside Egyptian embassies and diplomatic missions during the referendum.

"We are likely to stage sit-ins outside Egyptian diplomatic missions abroad," he told Anadolu Agency.

Egyptians at home will cast ballot in the constitutional referendum on January 14 and 15.

The vote is the first step in an army-imposed roadmap for post-Morsi political transition, which also includes fresh parliamentary and presidential elections.

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