13 December 2012

Egypt: Constitution Referendum to Be Held Into Two Phases

Photo: Amr Emam/IRIN
Salafist Muslim protesters in Egypt.

President Mohamed Morsi issued a Presidential decree on Wednesday 12/12/2012 to hold the referendum on Egypt's new constitution into two phases.

According to the decree, the first phase will be on Saturday, December 15, covering the governorates of Cairo, Alexandria, Daqahlia, Ghabria, Sharqia, Assiut, Sohag, Aswan, North Sinai and South Sinai.

The second phase, to take place on Saturday, December 22, will be in the governorates of Giza, Qalyubia, Menofia, Beheira, Kafr el-Sheikh, Damietta, Ismailia, Port Said, Suez, Matrouh, Red Sea, el-Wadi el-Gadeed (New Valley), Beni Sweif, Fayyoum, Minya, Luxor and Qina.

A total of 51.330 million Egyptians have the right to vote in the referendum on the controversial draft constitution, according to the last update of the database of eligible voters in Egypt.

Meanwhile, Egyptians abroad started on Wednesday 12/12/2012 to cast their ballots in the referendum on the draft constitution.

About 586,491 Egyptians are scheduled to go to Egyptian embassies and consulates to vote in the referendum which is scheduled to end on Saturday 15/12/2012.

The High Elections Commission (HEC) under the Head of Cairo's Court of Appeal Counselor Samir Abul Maati has directed that vote counting abroad will start upon the end of voting by next Tuesday.

Embassies of Egypt abroad are requested to send the results of the referendum to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in preparation for announcing the final results.

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