Egyptian presidential election garners huge presence in Oman

Fattah al Sisi

Fattah al Sisi

The elections see two candidates, incumbent and favorite President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his rival al-Ghad party leader Moussa Mustafa Moussa.

Committees assigned with organizing Egypt's presidential elections, with ballots being set up in Egyptian embassies around the world, will end their work by Sunday, three days after they were opened.

Polling facilities in most countries opened for voting at 9am local time on Sunday and closed at 9pm.

The process of Egyptians overseas voting in the elections started on Friday March 16 and continues through Saturday and Sunday Match 17-18.

Egyptian Ambassador in Manama, Soha Ibrahim Refaat, urged the Egyptian community in Bahrain to take part in the election, terming it as a "national duty" that reflects loyalty and belonging to Egypt. Soha asserted that the Egyptian embassy has carried out all necessary procedures to receive voters, ensuring that the process is easy.

On Saturday, the NEA said that the voting process overseas had been satisfactory thus far.

Regarding the prospects of the elections, the deputy foreign minister noted that they are expected to be similar to those in 2014, when Egyptians registered en mass "to support their nation and demonstrate to the global community that what happens in the country represents the people's will".

Since the start of the vote on Friday, several videos have been shared online from embassies worldwide showing Egyptian men and women celebrating while voting, playing patriotic songs and wearing clothes in the colours of the Egyptian flag: red, white and black.

The number of Egyptians residing in Saudi Arabia is estimated at 3 million, the largest in the world, accounting for about 46 percent of Egyptian expatriates.

The presidential vote will be conducted in Egypt from March 26 to 28.

In Egypt's 2014 presidential poll, which El-Sisi won by a landslide, around 318,000 Egyptian expatriates cast their votes.

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