x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

97 per cent of UAE-based Egyptians vote for constitution

Almost all Egyptian voters in the UAE voted for the new Egyptian constitution.

ABU DHABI // More than 97 per cent of UAE-based Egyptians voted yes to Egypt’s new constitution.

After five days of voting, around a third of 67,666 eligible voters came to the polls, including 9,690 in Abu Dhabi and 11,960 in Dubai.

The Egyptian embassy in Abu Dhabi said on Monday that fewer than 600 of votes cast were against the constitution, with a little more than 21,000 for it.

Ihab Hamouda, Egyptian ambassador to the UAE, said this showed Egyptians’ eagerness to move forward through a civil constitution, which he said was one of the best constitutions ever made in Egypt.

He said the voting process continued peacefully throughout the five days, and with pride with large number of people holding the Egyptian flag as they patriotically marched to the embassy.

Voting ended Sunday at 9pm and votes were counted after sunrise on Monday by embassy and consulate staff.

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