Egypt referendum not in two stages: report

Cairo, Dec 12 (IANS) Egypt will not run the referendum on its draft constitution in two rounds scheduled for Dec 15, the Al Jazeera TV reported Wednesday.

The announcement from the higher commission for elections comes after some newspapers reported that President Mohamed Morsi Tuesday issued a decree that it will be held in two stages on Dec 15 and Dec 22.

Egyptian expatriates Wednesday started casting their votes for the constitutional referendum in an electoral process set to end Saturday.

Egyptians at home are to take part in the referendum Saturday despite the opposition's call for a nationwide protest, urging to postpone it until a consensus is reached.

Morsi has and called on the civilians to help maintain security for the referendum.