Polls closed overseas Sunday

Overseas voting on the constitutional draft ended at 9 pm local time in various Egyptian embassies around the world, marking the end of a 5-day voting period for expatriates.

Some 20,000 Egyptian expatriates voted at the embassy in Saudi Arabia, 11,000 at Al-Ryadh polling station and the rest at the polling station in Jeddah, privately owned daily newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

Consul Adel al-Alfi stated that the counting process would commence Sunday evening after polling stations closed. Alfi added that the results are to be announced by Egypt’s High Electoral Committee.

“We have received complaints about an unknown individual inciting voters not to participate, however he was arrested by Saudi police,” Alfi explained.

Ambassador Abdel Karim Soliman stated that 18,000 Egyptians voted in Kuwait, and the UAE embassy’s media representative said that Egyptian Social Clubs around the country provided buses to transport voters to and from polling stations free of charge, which positively affected voter turnout.

In the United States and Austria, more voters showed up over the weekend. Muslim Brotherhood affiliated expatriates in both countries protested in front of their respective embassies and chanted against the military and Head of the Armed Forces General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.