The National Elections Authority (NEA) announced on Tuesday that Egyptians have voted to pass a number of constitutional amendments in a public referendum, with 88.83% voting in favor.
Head of the NEA Lashin Ibrahim said that the turnout of voters stood at 27,193,593 — both expats and locally based — which constitutes 44,33% of 61,344,503 eligible voters.
Ibrahim said there were 26,362,421 valid votes, standing at 96.94% while 831,172 votes were void (3.06%).
The breakdown of the votes were announced by Ibrahim as follows:
Yes vote: 23,416,741 (88,83%)
No vote: 2,945,680 (11,17%)
The results were announced in a press conference by National Elections Authority chief Lashin Ibrahim and a number of other officials.
Over the past three days, Egyptians at home cast their ballots on 14 amendments to the 2014 charter, which were overwhelmingly approved by parliament, with 531 out of 596 members voting in favour, 22 voting against and one abstention.
The amendments include changing the length of presidential terms from four to six years.
They also extend the second term of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, which is set to end in 2022, by two years, and allow him to run for office for another term in 2024.
The amendments also allocate a quarter of the seats in parliament to women.
They also give the president new powers to appoint members of the judiciary, and would create a second chamber of parliament (the Senate), with one-third of its members to be appointed by the president, and introduces the post of vice president.
El-Sisi was first elected president in 2014 and was re-elected last year in a landslide victory where he secured 97 percent of the vote.