CAIRO: Electronic endorsement forms for presidential candidates will be available in all notaries beginning March 25, Hamdan Fahmy, the secretary-general of the Presidential Supreme Electoral Commission told Dream TV on Monday evening.
The implementation of the process electronically is meant to prevent forgery, Fahmy said, adding that the punishment for forgery ranges from two to five years in jail, with a fine between 5,000 and 10,000 EGP.
According to the second article of Law No. 174 for 2014 regarding organizing presidential elections, at least 25,000 citizens from 15 different governorates, with a minimum of 1,000 citizens from each governorate, must provide endorsement for a candidate to enter the presidential race. The same person cannot provide his signature for more than one candidate.
The High Presidential Elections Commission will announce on March 30 the date that registration for candidacy in the presidential elections will begin.
Ashraf Fleifel, official spokesperson for the advisors of the State Notary Offices Club, told the CBC Extra channel on Monday he is calling on authorities to provide enough security against “terrorist” attacks in all offices across the country during the presidential elections, particularly notaries at this time.
State notary employees have been organizing strikes over the past few months, but an official statement published on their website on Feb. 20 confirmed that strikes will not obstruct the presidential elections process.
On March 16, the prime minister held a meeting with notary employees, during which he admitted that their demands for financial security were legitimate and asked for a grace period of 90 days to respond to their requests, Al-Ahram reported.
Additional reporting by Ayman Ramadan.