EGYPT TO HOLD 2018 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN MAR

CAIRO, Egypt, Egypt will hold its 2018 presidential elections from Mar 26-28, National Election Authority (NEA) announced, on Monday.

“Elections of Egyptian expatriates will be held on Mar 16-18,” NEA Chief Lashin Ibrahim said.

Ibrahim said that, candidate registration will start on Jan 20 and close on Jan 29, noting that, electoral campaigns will kick off on Feb 22.

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

In case of runoff, he added, polls will be held from Apr 19-21, for expatriates and on Apr 24-26, in Egypt.

“Final results will be announced on May 1,” he said.

Egyptian President, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, took office in mid-2014, a year after he led the ouster of his Islamist predecessor, Mohammed Morsi, in July 2013, in response to mass protests against Morsi’s one-year rule.

Sisi said, in Nov, that, the 2018 presidential elections would be held in Mar or Apr as scheduled, stressing that he will not seek to change the constitutional limit of two four-year presidential terms, thus ruling out a third presidential term for himself.

Although he has yet to formally announce his candidacy for the 2018 election, Sisi is widely expected to do so and to earn a landslide victory, due to the absence of competitive challengers in the presidential bid.

A pro-Sisi campaign said, in late Dec that, it collected over 12 million signatures of Egyptians, more than 11 percent of the population, supporting Sisi, to run for a second presidential term.

Egyptian rights and opposition lawyer, Khaled Ali, announced in Nov, his intention to join the presidential race.

However, there is a possibility for Ali’s disqualification, as he had received a suspended three-month jail term in Sept, over an obscene hand gesture he made, after winning a court order challenging the government.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK