Sisi ahead of Sabbahi on 1st day of collecting presidential endorsement
Man holds up copy of presidential endorsement for either Sisi or Sabbahi - YOUM7/Dina Romeiah

CAIRO: State Notary offices nationwide received 12,614 presidential endorsements in favor of Field Marhsal Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi and 3,485 endorsements in favor of presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi on the first day of the presidential bid, according to Youm7.

According to the amended constitution, a presidential candidate must have at least 25,000 endorsements from a minimum of 15 governorates, with at least 1,000 endorsements from each governorate.

A day after the Presidential Electoral Comission (PEC) revealed the voting schedule on Sunday, the preliminary results of the presidential endorsements were also revealed. The endorsements were filled in the state notary offices in 18 governorates on the first day of the presidential bid, which indicated Sisi leads Sabbahi in Sabbahi’s hometown Kafr El-Sheikh, Deputy Minister of Justice and Head of State Notary Authority Judge Omar Marwan told ONTV Monday.

In Aswan, 500 endorsements were filled in favor of Sisi and 10 endorsements were filled in favor of Sabbahi; 925 for Sisi and 100 for Sabbahi in Alexandira; and 219 for Sisi and 0 for Sabbahi in the New Valley governorate.

On Monday, Sisi launched a website for his presidential campaign that includes a list of the campaign’s headquarters adresses nationwide.

The coordinator of Sisi’s presidential campaign Ambassador Mahmoud Karem said on Monday that the endorsement applications can be delivered to any of the campaign’s headquarters listed on the website, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Hamdeen Sabbahi’s presidential campaign launched a website that includes details of Sabbahi’s program along with the headquarters addresses nationwide.

Sabbahi’s campaign voiced concern over insufficient campaigning time. “21 days is not enough to tour all 27 governorates,” Sabbahi’s campaign spokesperson Tamer Hendawy told Al-Ahram newspaper on Monday.

Sabbahi’s campaign team’s central operation room received several complaints of violations in notary offices across Egypt, including the delay in the arrival of endorsement petitions and the lack of electronic readers in some offices, according to The Cairo Post.

PEC would only grant the presidential application form to potential candidates when he provides the necessary documents, including the 25,000 endorsements, a financial disclosure, a birth certificate, and a university graduation certificate, PEC chairman Anwar El-Assi said in a press conference on national TV Sunday.

The presidential elections will take place on May 26 and 27 and that hopeful candidates can register from March 31 until April 20, every day from 9:00 to 8:00 p.m., Assi said.

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