Egyptians abroad go to polls for parliamentary election

Egyptian citizens begin to vote in parliamentary election at embassies, consulates in 139 countries

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Egyptian soldiers carry boxes of ballots at the Giza courthouse in Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 16, 2015

Egyptian citizens abroad started to vote in the country’s first parliamentary election since the 2013 coup d’etat against the country’s democratically elected President, Mohamed Morsi.

Middle East News Agency reported on Saturday that ballot boxes will remain open for two days at embassies and consulates in 139 countries.

It is expected that 700,000 registered citizens, who currently live abroad will vote in the parliamentary election.

The voting inside Egypt includes two rounds which will be held on Oct 18-19 and Nov 22-23.  

Egyptian authorities tighten security measures for the upcoming election, as at least 185,000 military troops have been employed to provide security in the first round of the election.

Interior Ministry spokesman, Abu Bakr Abdel Karim said that 180,000 police officials will also join the security forces as an additional effort.

President Abdel Fattah Sisi on Saturday invited all Egyptian citizens to vote in a televised speech.

"Line up in front of polling stations and plant with your votes the hope for a bright tomorrow for our new Egypt," said Sisi during his speech. 

In 2012, Egyptian parliament had been dismissed by a court ruling, stating that it had been elected on faulty rules.

The next legislature is regarded as a transition to democracy, however the critics say the parliament is likely to be a rubber-stamp body that further solidifies the power of Sisi.

TRTWorld and agencies