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Egyptian expats vote against constitution.

Summary: Official statistics released in the early hours of Tuesday show that a slight majority --54 per cent-- of Egyptians in the UAE voted against the new constitution following a six-day referendum.

Official statistics released in the early hours of Tuesday show that a slight majority --54 per cent-- of Egyptians in the UAE voted against the new constitution following a six-day referendum.

FACT BOX

61,427 Eligible Egyptian voters in UAE

47.4 per cent of those in UAE participated in referendum

First phase provinces:

Second phase provinces:

Cairo, Alexandria, Daqahliya, Gharbiya, Sharqiya, Assuit, Sohaj, Aswan, North and South Sinai

Qina, Bani Suwaif, Minya, Menoufia, Buhayrah, Damietta, New Valley, Red Sea, Faiyum, Kafr Al Shaikh, Giza, Port Said, Suez, Marsa Matruh, Luxor, Qalyubiya, and Ismailia

As many as 46 per cent of people here voted for the 236-article constitution, which was written in about six months by the country's first democratically elected government. The vote in the UAE was initially postponed for four days but was then given a two-day extension.

Eligible voters in the UAE hailing from Egypt's 27 provinces, were invited for participation in the referendum from December 12 to December 17.

According to a top diplomat, the difference between opponents and supporters was 1,189 votes --210 in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region, and 979 in Dubai and Northern Emirates.

On Tuesday, Egyptian Ambassador to the UAE Tamer Mansoor told Khaleej Times that 29,131 people out of 61,427 voters registered in the Egyptian electoral college in the UAE, participated in the referendum.

"As many as 13,470, 47.6 per cent, out of 28,249 registered in Abu Dhabi participated in the referendum. While 13,356 votes (99.1 per cent) are valid, only 210 proved invalid."

He added that the number of the people who voted for the constitution hit 6,573 (49.3 per cent) whereas those who opposed reached 6,783 (50.7 per cent).

Sherief Al Bedeiwi, Egyptian Consul-General to Dubai and the Northern Emirates, told Khaleej Times that 15,691 (47.2 per cent), out of 33,178 registered in Dubai participated in the referendum. While 15,661 votes, (99.8 per cent), are valid, only 30 voting sheets proved invalid.

"The number of the people who voted for the constitution hit 7,341 (46.8 per cent) whereas those who opposed reached 8,320 (53.2 per cent)."

As per the Referendum Commission in Egypt, 586,492 Egyptians in 150 countries have registered in Egyptian electoral college. Those involved were eligible for casting their votes in 150 embassies and 11 consulates across the world.

On Saturday, 25,887,000 Egyptians in 10 provinces (see box) started voting in 6,376 sub-committees, 175 general stations and 30 province centres, under judicial supervision.

The Supreme Judicial Committee for Elections (SJCE), responsible for the referendum in Egypt, announced non-final statistics that 56.5 per cent of the Egyptians residing in the country had voted for the new constitution in the first phase (10 provinces).

Chief Judge Zaghlul Al Balshi, Secretary-General of the SJCE, said 25,495,237 voters staying in the remaining 17 provinces (see box) shall participate in the second phase of the referendum slated to run on December 22.

"As was the case with the first stage, the second will be fully supervised by 7,339 judges. These are distributed to 6,724 sub-committees, 567 general stations and 30 province centres.

ahmedshban@khaleejtimes.com

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Dec 19, 2012
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