Egyptian nationals living abroad started Thursday registering their data on the website of the electoral committee, in order to vote in Egypt’s first parliamentary polls since the ousting of Hosni Mubarak, as the Foreign Ministry estimated the number of Egyptian expatriates at 8 million.
Around 10,000 expatriates registered their data on the website of the Higher Election Commission during the ten-day registration process that will end on November 19, in Egyptian embassies and consulates worldwide.
“There are 8 million Egyptian expatriates, according to the Foreign Ministry. However, the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics [CAPMAS] said last year that there were 1.5 million,” said Abu Bakr el-Guindi, the CAPMAS chief. He added that his establishment is waiting for the new figures to be forwarded by the Foreign Ministry.
El-Guindi, who has been in office since 2007, pointed out that around 50 million Egyptians have the right to vote in the parliamentary polls due to start on November 28. “There will be around 53,000 constituencies nationwide, meaning that about 1,000 voters will be able to cast their ballots in each constituency,” he explained.