Abou Al Fotouh tops Candidates in UAE

As the results of the Egyptian presidential elections in the UAE were announced late on Friday, 40,443 out of 61,427 registered voters participated in the first post-revolution polls, over the period from May 11 to 17.

Topping the 13 candidates, Abdul Moneim Abu Al Fotuh came first with 12,150 votes, followed by Hamdeen Sabbahi who was supported by 8,742 voters. Amr Moussa came third with 7,814 votes while the fourth position was seized by Mohammed Mursi with 7,182 votes.

Explaining, Tamer Mansoor, Egyptian Ambassador to the UAE on Friday told Khaleej Times that some 18,650 out of the 28,294 Egyptians registered in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region- representing 65.9 per cent of the total eligible voters here, participated in the elections. “Those included some 15,000 who voted in person in the presence of three representatives of the candidates Mohammed Mursi, Abdul Moneim Abu Al Fotuh and Hamdeen Sabbahi.

“These are added to around 3,650 votes the embassy received by mail,” he said, noting that a team of 30 diplomats, staff executives and employees have run and supervised the whole process. 

Mansoor then indicated that only 239 ballots were invalidated while 18,411 others were approved. “Abdul Moneim Abu Al Fotuh came first with 5,498 votes, followed by Amr Moussa with 3,750, Hamdeen Sabbahi with 3,746, and Mohammed Mursi with 3,280,” he said.

Mohab Nasr, Consul-General of Egypt in Dubai, told Khaleej Times that 21,793 out of the 33,133 Egyptians registered in Dubai, representing 65 per cent of the total eligible voters here, participated in the elections. “Those included over 11,000 who voted in person in the presence of seven representatives of the candidates Mohammed Mursi, Abdul Moneim Abu Al Fotuh, Hamdeen Sabbahi and Amr Moussa.”

“These, of course, are apart from about 11,000 votes the Consulate received by mail,” he added, noting that some 25 diplomats, staff executives and employees at the embassy have undertaken and administered the whole process, and took 16 straight hours to announce the final result.

Nasr then indicated that only 22 ballots were invalidated while 21,771 others were approved. “Abdul Moneim Abu Al Fotuh has come first with 6,652 votes, followed by Hamdeen Sabbahi with 4,996, Amr Moussa with 4,064, and Mohammed Mursi with 3,902,” he said, adding that the first four candidates have won some 90 per cent of all the voices.