The Egypt's Military Council, in charge of leading the country since February 11th 2011 putting an end to 30 years of Mubarak's autocratic regime, decided to deprive Egyptians abroad from their right to vote.
The Egyptian diaspora represents 4 million people living in 139 countries. Their rights as citizens were denied to them for the very arbitrary reason of the possibility of their votes being "sold" to non-Egyptian interests.
The Egyptian diaspora is fully part of Egypt, and the Egyptians living abroad are therefore asking for their rights as citizen to be respected.
We consider the denial made to our right to vote, based on the enventuality that our votes might well be "bought" by foreign interests is not only discriminatory towards us, but is also against the principles of the New Egypt we all wish to see blossoming. Besides being based on an unjustified and subjective preconception, it also sends a strong message to Egyptians living abroad: "You are unworthy to Egypt".
We are aware of the technical difficulty to coordinate polling stations in 139 countries, but we don't consider it as a reason for the denial of our rights as citizens. Not only many countries offer to their diaspora the possibility to vote, thus proving it is possible, but also this would mean that a minor technical constraint is stronger than our noble principles of freedom, democracy and unity.
We urge the Marshal Mohammed Tantawi, Chairman of the High Council of Armed Forces of Egypt to consider our determination to participate to the political life of our country and to give us our right to vote, regardless of our country of residence.
Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.