The National Elections Authority is currently setting the presidential elections timeline and is expected to begin receiving applications in late January or early February. The president-elect is expected to be announced by May 3, a judicial source told Egypt Today on Saturday.
According to Article 140 of the Egyptian Constitution, electoral procedures should begin a minimum of 120 days before the end of the current presidential term and the president-elect should be announced a minimum of 30 days before the end of the previous president’s term. The current presidential term will end in June 2018.
Electoral procedures consist of receiving and scrutinizing applications and appeals, as well as setting the electoral lists and campaign regulations.
The National Elections Authority is an independent institution running all types of elections and referendums in the country, currently chaired by Chancellor Lashin Ibrahim Mohamed, who also serves as vice-president of the Court of Cassation.
Sisi is the sixth president of Egypt. He came to office in June 2014 after the revolution of June 30, which toppled former President Mohamed Morsi, who is affiliated with the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
Egypt’s National Electoral Commission launched an official website for both the parliamentary and presidential elections. The new website aims to publish all the resolutions and recommendations pertaining to the elections, in addition to the voting guides for Egyptians inside and outside Egypt.
President Sisi previously issued a presidential decree to start the formation of the National Electoral Commission as an independent national authority entitled to supervise the integrity of the electoral process. The authority’s board of directors consists of nine judges from diverse judicial bodies.