Preparations Underway in Egypt to Allow Expats to Vote in Senate Elections
The Egyptian government has kicked off preparations for the Senate elections, scheduled to be held on August 11-12.
The National Elections Authority (NEA) announced on Monday that expatriates will be allowed to vote over two days starting August 9.
Minister of State for Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs Nabila Makram discussed Monday with NEA Chairman Lasheen Ibrahim the voting mechanism for expats.
She pledged to cooperate with the NEA to provide all the facilitations possible for expatriates to cast their votes.
She highlighted the national role played by Egyptians abroad and their participation in all constitutional entitlements.
Lasheen said the Immigration Ministry will be provided with all the necessary information about the candidates, their electoral constituencies and their resumes once the list of nomiees is finalized.
“The Ministry will also be provided with voting mechanisms and controls for Egyptians abroad.”
Once the list is completed, it will be published on the Ministry’s official website, Makram stated.
The Senate will include 300 seats, one third of which will be elected via the individual candidacy system, another third to be elected through the closed party list system and a third to be named by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
The constitution stipulates that its members will serve for a five-year term.
The Senate was revived as part of constitutional amendments approved in a national referendum in April last year. The Senate was dropped from the constitution in 2014.