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Egypt's 2018 Presidential election: timeline and requirements

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Tuesday 9th of January 2018 11:45 AM

Voting in the 2018 presidential election in Egypt will start on March 26, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced in a televised statement yesterday.

Sixty million eligible voters will cast their ballots in the election on March 26-28 in Egypt, while expatriates will vote on March 16-18, said NEC Chairman Lasheen Ibrahim in a press conference.

The final list of the candidates will be announced on February 24, he added, noting that the deadline for any candidate to retreat will be on March 1.

The primary results of the first round of the election will be announced on March 29, where decisions on appeals submitted by candidates, if any, will be made.  The final results of the first round will be announced on April 2.

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 will be announced on May 1, Ibrahim stated.

The NEC previously announced that presidential candidates will have a ceiling of LE 20 million to spend on their electoral campaign in the first round, while they are only permissible to spend LE 5 million in the run-off round.

Here are articles of the constitution organizing such requirements for serving as President of Egypt.

Article 141: Conditions for candidacy

A presidential candidate must be Egyptian, born to Egyptian parents, and neither he/she, their parents or their spouse may have held another citizenship. They must have civil and political rights, must have performed their military service or have been exempted by the law, and cannot be younger than 40 years old on the day candidacy .

Article 142: Conditions for candidacy

To be accepted as a candidate for the presidency, candidates must be recommended by at least 20 elected parliamentarians, or endorsed by at least 25,000 citizens who have the right to vote, in at least 15 governorates, with a minimum of 1,000 supporter from each governorate.

Other requirements include:

1- Must be a bachelor’s degree holder.

2- Must not have committed any felony or crime involving an immoral act or dishonesty. If convicted, he must have been exculpated.

3- Must not be suffering from any physical or mental illness which would hinder performing his official presidential duties.

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