CAIRO: Presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabbahi’s campaign filed a complaint Monday after the State Notary Office in Arish refused to start petitioning for candidates in the presidential elections, spokesperson for Sabbahi’s campaign Hatem el-Balk told Youm7.
On the first day of petitioning, the Sabbahi campaign said in a press release that its central operation room received several complaints of violations in notary offices across Egypt.
The campaign said there was a delay in the arrival of forms to petition for candidates in the presidential elections, adding that there was also a lack of electronic readers in some offices and other offices employees did not use them at all.
The campaign said that in one notary office there were 500 signatures in favor of another candidate’s petition, however, the citizens who allegedly signed the petition were not present in the office.
A source at the notary office in North Sinai also told Youm7 that a technical malfunction occurred Monday, hindering the petitioning process there.
Candidates are allowed to register in the presidential elections between March 31 and April 20. The first round of the election will be held May 26-27.