Egyptian expats back Mursi.
Egyptians in the UAE favoured Dr Mohammed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, to Lt-General Ahmed Shafiq, the last premier to serve under the ousted president Hosni Mubarak, in the second round of the presidential elections.
Tamer Mansoor, Egyptian Ambassador to the UAE on Sunday told Khaleej Times that 21,298 out of 61,427 voters registered in the Egyptian electoral college in the UAE voted for Dr Mursi against 10,613 who favoured Lt-Gen Shafiq.
Elaborating, Mansoor said 9,954 Egyptians registered in Abu Dhabi, the Western Region and Al Ain voted for Dr Mursi whereas the second frontrunner Lt-Gen Shafiq got 5,304 ballots.
"The Embassy in Abu Dhabi received 15,745 (15,258 valid and 487 invalid) out of 28,294 eligible voters in the run-off. Those represented 55.65 per cent, and are 2,553 less than the first round of 18,298 participants, who represented 65.9 per cent," he said, indicating that the second round held between June 3 and 9 saw a drop of 7,295 voters in comparison to the first held from May 11 to 17.
"Unexpectedly, the last two days of the elections (Friday and Saturday) saw very few voters unlike the first round which started with weekends and saw most voters," he said, noting that only two violations were spotted when two participants who voted by mail, came to vote again in person at the embassy.
Mohab Nasr, Consul-General of Egypt to Dubai, told Khaleej Times that 11,344 Egyptians registered in Dubai voted for Dr Mursi whereas the second frontrunner Lt-Gen Shafiq got 5,579 votes.
"The consulate in Dubai received 17,403 (16,923 valid and 480 invalid) out of 33,133 eligible voters in the second round. Those represented 53.5 per cent and are 4,390 less than the first round of 21,793 participants, who represented 65.8 per cent," he added.
Compared to 40,443 participants in the first round, including 18,650 in Abu Dhabi and 21,793 in Dubai, official statistics show that 33,148 out of 61,427 voters registered in the Egyptian electoral college in the UAE cast their ballots in the second round. "The 33,148 second round voters included 15,745 staying in Abu Dhabi, the Western Region and Al Ain, and 17,403 in Dubai and the other emirates," he said.
Worldwide, Dr Mursi, who was supported by around 107,000 in the first round, came fourth in the UAE with 7,182 votes while Lt-Gen Shafiq, who was favoured in the same round by around 21,000 staying in 166 countries across the globe, came sixth in the UAE with around 2,000 ballots.
While the first round of the post-Mubarak presidency polls saw the participation of 23,672,236 out of 50,996,746 eligible voters in Egypt (46.42 per cent), none of the 13 candidates was able to receive absolute majority -- 50 per cent of votes plus one. Dr Mursi was supported by 5,764,952 in Egypt against 5,505,327 who favoured Lt-Gen Shafiq in the first round of the elections -- 259,625 less.
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