In Egypt : Country to hold presidential election March 26-28: authority

09 January, 2018, 02:10 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Lasheen Ibrahim the head of Egypt's national electoral commission speaks a press conference

"Exercise your right to run for office and vote, do your duty of choosing the president of your country, your voice will certainly make a difference", Lasheen Ibrahim, the judge heading the comission, said at a news conference in Cairo.

Once appeals by rejected candidates are settled, "the final list of candidate names and their symbols will be announced and published in the official gazette and Al-Ahram and Al-Akhbar newspapers" on February 24, he said.

Results of the first round will be announced on April 2, Ibrahim said.

Election proceedings are to begin no later than 120 days before the end date of the current presidential term on June 7, 2018, and results will be announced no later than 30 days before the end of the current presidential term.

The NEC said on Monday that a run-off is set for between April 24 to April 26 if needed. "Therefore, I have decided not to run in the 2018 presidential elections", Shafiq said in a statement on his Twitter account.

However, he announced on Sunday his final decision not to run for the presidential elections.

"I have realized that I would not be the ideal person to run the state affairs during the coming period".

This will be Egypt's third election since the 2011 Arab Spring riots that overthrew the long rule of President Hosni Mubarak.

The announcement comes a day after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's only serious challenger - former army general and premier Ahmed Shafiq - bowed out of the race, reversing his pledge to challenge the president at the polls.



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