Only 6% of Egypt expat voted in first 2 days of referendum

Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdel-Ati said that 41,000 Egyptians living overseas had cast ballots on Wednesday and Thursday.

Only 6% of Egypt expat voted in first 2 days of referendum

World Bulletin / News Desk

Around 6 percent of registered expatriate voters cast ballots in the first two days of a referendum on an amended version of Egypt's suspended 2012 constitution, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.

Expatriate Egyptians around the world began voting on the amended charter on Wednesday.

According to Egypt's Foreign Ministry, 127 embassies and 11 consulates around the world opened their doors to voters for a five-day period, from 9am to 9pm local time, starting Wednesday.

While the number of Egyptians currently living abroad is estimated at eight million, only around 680,000 are registered to vote in national elections.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdel-Ati said that 41,000 Egyptians living overseas had cast ballots on Wednesday and Thursday.

In a statement, Abdel-Ati said that Friday had seen a better turnout than the previous two days, especially in the Gulf States.

The Gulf region boasts the world's largest Egyptian expatriate population, with over 571,000 registered voters, roughly 45 percent of whom are in Saudi Arabia, according to a 2012 report by the Egyptian Electoral Commission.

This month's constitutional referendum is the first step of a transitional roadmap imposed by the military following last July's ouster of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president.

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