Update: MB’s Candidate Mursi tops Egypt’s Expat Polls

The Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate in Egypt, Mohammed Mursi, sweeps the country’s expatriates votes, securing 40 percent of the ballot.

Mursi was declared winner of the overseas ballots after the vote count in Saudi Arabia as the last constituency finished. 

According to the final results, at least 68443 Egyptians in Saudi Arabia voted for Mursi. 

Meanwhile, former Muslim Brotherhood member Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh stood second with 27 percent of the votes and was followed by the leader of the Dignity Party, Hamdeen Sabbahi, who managed to gain 15 percent of the ballot. 

Former Arab League chief Amr Moussa and former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq stood fourth and fifth, with 12 percent and five percent of the vote respectively. 

The first round of the presidential election in Egypt will be held over two days on May 23 and 24, and a run-off would take place on June 16 and 17 if necessary. Final results are expected on June 21. 

Meanwhile, the Egyptian High Presidential Election Commission (HPEC) has vowed new security measures and a transparent voting atmosphere. 

This comes while many Egyptians accuse the military-appointed HPEC of being a remnant of the country’s former regime and believe that the commission will rig the vote. 

Earlier on Sunday, the expatriate polls’ frontrunner, Mursi, warned against ballot rigging, saying any attempt to tamper with the elections will face popular anger, according to Press TV.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate in Egypt, Mohammed Mursi, sweeps the country’s expatriates votes, securing 40 percent of the ballot.

Mursi was declared winner of the overseas ballots after the vote count in Saudi Arabia as the last constituency finished. 

According to the final results, at least 68443 Egyptians in Saudi Arabia voted for Mursi. 

Meanwhile, former Muslim Brotherhood member Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh stood second with 27 percent of the votes and was followed by the leader of the Dignity Party, Hamdeen Sabbahi, who managed to gain 15 percent of the ballot. 

Former Arab League chief Amr Moussa and former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq stood fourth and fifth, with 12 percent and five percent of the vote respectively. 

The first round of the presidential election in Egypt will be held over two days on May 23 and 24, and a run-off would take place on June 16 and 17 if necessary. Final results are expected on June 21. 

Meanwhile, the Egyptian High Presidential Election Commission (HPEC) has vowed new security measures and a transparent voting atmosphere. 

This comes while many Egyptians accuse the military-appointed HPEC of being a remnant of the country’s former regime and believe that the commission will rig the vote. 

Earlier on Sunday, the expatriate polls’ frontrunner, Mursi, warned against ballot rigging, saying any attempt to tamper with the elections will face popular anger.