Egypt’s Minister of Immigration refutes rumors that votes will be casted online

During an interview with the TV channel “Extra News” on Friday, Egypt’s Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs Nabila Makram refuted rumors regarding the possibility of casting votes online.

Makram asserted that expatriates have to cast their votes in voting committees.

She added that electors could cast their votes using expired National Identification Cards and expected that the turnout of Muslim and Christian voters would increase following Friday prayers.

Makram clarified that the operation room receives inquiries and complaints of Egyptian expatriates on the ministry’s website or via hotline.

The referendum will run for three days: from April 19 to 21 abroad and April 20 to 22 inside Egypt, said President of the National Elections Commission (NEC) Lashin Ibrahim.

The proposed constitutional amendments included the implementation of a senate, designing a second chamber for parliament, the institution of a women’s quota in parliament that allocates a female presence of no less than 25 percent of members, care measures for youth, maintenance of special percentages, ensuring appropriate representation of workers, farmers, youth and Copts, extending the presidential term in office from four to six years, and the appointment of one or more deputies to the president.

If the amendments are approved by a two-thirds majority, parliament will hold a referendum according to the 2014 constitution.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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