Egypt’s National Election Authority (NEA) will start receiving application forms from potential candidates for the 2018 Presidential election on Saturday.
All presidential candidates must meet the requirements set by the NEA. The list includes: being an Egyptian national born to Egyptian parents, not younger than 40 years old and not suffering from physical or mental illness, among other conditions. A candidate’s wife should be an Egyptian and born to Egyptian parents as well.
A candidate should submit a birth certificate, a criminal record document, a military service certificate, a financial disclosure, a medical report, and a receipt of paying LE 20,000 to the Authority.
The deadline for submitting the applications was set on January 30, according to the authority’s timeline.
The NAE also approved requests from certain NGOs to monitor the election. The organizations include the Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights, Parents for Transparency and the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR).
Only four persons announced their decision to stand as presidential candidates. Veteran lawyer and Human rights activist Khaled Ali, who ran for president in 2012, revealed in a press statement last week that he will be running for president.
On Saturday, Parliamentarian Mortada Mansour announced he is running for president as well, announcing that his first decision to take as president would be to block Facebook.
Ex-military Chief of Staff Sami Anan’s candidacy for president was revealed on Friday. However, his son denied knowing anything about his father’s decision. Hence, it is not clear at this point in time whether General Sami Anan will run in the presidential election.
Belly dancer Sama el-Masry casually announced Sunday her intentions to run for president on her official Instagram account. In 2015, she was disqualified as a candidate for parliamentary elections over her “immoral” video clips, in which she is recorded dancing.
To be accepted as a candidate in the presidency election, one must be recommended by at least 20 elected parliamentarians or be endorsed by at least 25,000 citizens who have the right to vote, in at least 15 governorates, with a minimum of 1,000 supporters from each governorate.
The final list of the candidates will be announced on February 24; the deadline for any candidate to retract their candidacy is March 1. The primary results of the first round of the election will be announced on March 29, when decisions on appeals submitted by candidates, if any, will be made.
If no candidate obtains the majority of votes, a three-day run-off round will commence in Egypt on April 24, and on April 19 abroad. The name of the winning candidate is set to be announced on May 1.