Egypt radio to be ‘impartial’ covering elections: Radio head
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CAIRO: Egypt’s state radio plans to provide “impartial” coverage of all presidential candidates, head of Egyptian Radio Abdel Rahan Rashad said in a Wednesday statement.

Rashad added that even though the station’s content will be impartial, it will not forget its role in combating “terrorism” and supporting the military and the police in their “fierce war” against the Muslim Brotherhood’s “chaos.”

The Egyptian state TV broadcast the speech of Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in which he announced his presidential bid on Wednesday. The speech was followed by patriotic songs and anthems.

Rashad said that all radio stations are set to broadcast the same program at a designated time every day to discuss the presidential elections. This program would then be followed by programming by the individuals stations about the elections, Rashad added in the statement reported by EgyNews.

The High Presidential Elections Commission headed by Counselor Anwar al-Asi announced Friday that the registration for candidacy for the upcoming presidential elections would begin on March 31, judicial sources told Youm7 Friday.

The commission will hold a press conference on Sunday to officially announce a timetable for the presidential elections, Al-Ahram Gate reported.

Several TV channels, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s Misr 25 and other hard-line Islamist channels, were shut down by the state in the wake of the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi on July 3.

Rashad said the Egyptian radio would establish programs to follow the news on the elections through the announcement of the results.

The radio shows intend to host senior politicians and intellectuals to analyze candidate’s electoral platforms, with opportunities for listeners to call in, Rashad said, adding that there would be an hourly news bulletin titled “Egypt’s Next President” and surveys on the candidates.

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