Egyptians abroad start to register data in Senate elections
Shady Salah – Media in Toronto
The first stage of Egyptians abroad voting in the coming Senate elections by mail, kicked off today Saturday as the voters are required to register their data through the official website of the National Elections Authority, and obtaining the secret number that is to be used in the same voting process.
As in all elections, expat voting will take place earlier than voting in Egypt. In this case, the voting will be on 9-10 August and the run-off on on 6-7 September. Due to the complications presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, ballots will be cast by mail rather than in person at embassies and consulates.
Counselor Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the Commission, said that the participation of Egyptians abroad in the Senate elections is scheduled on August 9, 10, according to the local time of each mission abroad.
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The process of voting for Egyptians outside Egypt in the Senate elections 2020
He underlined that it is for the first time that voting is allowed by post for Egyptians abroad; to facilitate their participation in a safe way amid an outbreak of the pandemic, noting that every voter residing abroad must register his data at the Egyptian diplomatic mission in the country of his residence through the official website of the National Elections Authority, starting from today Saturday, July 25th to Friday, July 31, 2020. The voters will receive a registration number prior to obtaining the ballot card to cast their vote on August 9-10 via the mail.
There are currently 300 seats to be decided in the upcoming elections, with two-thirds to be elected through a closed list and the remaining third to be appointed by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
The government has installed precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which includes bans on campaign gatherings, mandatory wearing of masks and social distancing at the polls. The Senate—created via last year’s constitutional amendments—wields less power than the old Shura Council and exists primarily to advise the president on constitutional law and socioeconomic development initiatives.