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Egyptians hope to vote for stability.

Summary: Egyptians based in the UAE are excited about their chance to vote on the country's historic constitution and hope it will help their country move in the right direction.

Egyptians based in the UAE are excited about their chance to vote on the country's historic constitution and hope it will help their country move in the right direction.

For three days beginning on December 8, Egyptian nationals will be able to vote at the embassy in Abu Dhabi or the consulate general in Dubai.

Engineer and Egyptian citizen Wael Safwat said he and all his friends and family members are very keen to vote for the constitution.

"We have long waited for this moment for our country to stablise and for investments to flock to the country."

Egyptian citizen and teacher Waf Mohammed said she was optimistic despite the unstable situation. "Such tension is normal after any revolution, but things are hopefully heading to the right direction...I believe some 75 per cent of the (people at) home and abroad will vote for the constitution."

Egyptian Ambassador to the UAE Tamer Mansoor told Khaleej Times on Monday that they were ready with a central operations room, transparent glass boxes, and had made preparations to take the voting cards from the post offices to the polling station.

"The embassy and consulate shall remain open from 8am to 8pm during the four-day referendum to give the chance for more and better participation. Voting cards shall be available online only for those already registered in the presidential and parliamentary elections."

Pointing out that the UAE comes third in terms of the Egyptians registered in the Electoral College after Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, Mansoor said the referendum is to be run in line with the same criteria adopted in the previous presidential and two-chamber parliamentary elections.

As was the case in the parliamentary elections, all Egyptians here should have fed in their ID card numbers to get a special pass code.

"Some 61,427 Egyptians have already registered in the Electoral College in the UAE for the presidency elections compared to 37,222 in the parliamentary poll.

"For more transparency, voters need to present their Egyptian IDs, and verify their stay in the UAE with the residence visa, driving licence or the like," he added, noting that general or special power of attorney are not accepted.

Worldwide, 586,801 Egyptians in 166 countries have registered in the Egyptian Electoral College.

The Egyptian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Consulate in Dubai shall be receiving voters in person, or they can send their votes by mail to: Egyptian Embassy, P.O. Box 4026, Abu Dhabi, or the Egyptian Consulate, P.O. Box 2575, Dubai.

"Voters may download and print out the voting sheets from the official website of the Presidency Elections Commission:

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Dec 4, 2012
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