CAIRO: Former Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi can now be registered in the voter database since he is no longer a member of the military, Refaat Komsan, the assistant interior minister for electoral affairs, said Wednesday on the Al-Arabiya satellite channel.
Sisi announced Wednesday that he will run for president after resigning as Minister of Defense in a statement broadcast on state television.
The constitution prohibits police and military officers from voting.
Now that Sisi is a civilian he can be registered in the voter database, Komsan said. Registration for presidential candidacy is expected open on March 30.
The Presidential Elections Commission is scheduled to hold a meeting Sunday to set a date, and to announce the date for medical examinations for presidential candidates, and the dates for Egyptian residents abroad submit their endorsement for a candidate and to vote, Komsan said.
Founder of the Popular Current Party Hamdeen Sabbahi is the only other candidate who has announced his bid. Komsan said during his interview that the presidential election law has determined a cap of 20 million EGP for presidential campaigns, and prohibits foreign funds, Youm7 reported.
He further noted that electoral districts are divided into 352 centers in 27 governorates, with almost the same distribution of voters as the referendum.
Additional reporting by Samir Hosni and Ayman Ramadan.