Registration for presidential elections to be announced March 30
Hamdan Fahmy, HPEC Secretary-General - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The High Presidential Elections Commission will announce during a March 30 meeting when registration for candidacy in the presidential elections will begin, reported Egypt’s State Information Service on Sunday.

HPEC Secretary-General Hamdan Fahmy held a meeting Saturday to discuss regulations that need to be put in place for the elections, including decisions regarding international observers, reported Youm7.

“The commission will set the date of presidential elections and candidacy following the end of training for employees of public notary offices,” said a statement released by Fahmy.

The meeting will also announce regulations for campaign advertising and funding and a date to finalize updates and modifications to the voter database.

The commission asked the secretary general to end all preparations for elections by this week in order to open the door for candidates.

“The delay in opening the application for presidential candidates was due to a particular security concern at the headquarters of the Supreme Electoral Commission which prevented its members from convening,” the adviser to interim President for Constitutional Affairs Ali Awad said during his Thursday interview with Okaz Newspaper.

There has been widespread speculation as to why there has been a delay in announcing the start of presidential elections. The roap map states that elections must be held within six months of the constitution’s ratification.There has also been a delay in the announcement regarding the controversial back and forth over whether the Supreme Electoral Commission’s decisions should have immunity.

Additional reporting by Aya Ibrahim.

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