CAIRO: State notary offices have received 232,000 endorsements for presidential candidates, four days into the window for petitions, reported state-owned MENA Friday.
Candidates are eligible to register for the presidential at the offices between March 31 and April 20, after which the High Presidential Elections Commission will announce the final list of candidates. The first round of the elections will be held May 26-27.
According to the elections law, each potential candidate must collect a minimum of 25,000 endorsements, with at least 1,000 endorsements from each governorate to run.
The campaign of Hamdeen Sabbahi announced Wednesday it planned to file a complaint to the Supreme Electoral Commission to allege violations that occurred during petitioning for candidates at notary offices.
According to the campaign’s statement on Facebook Wednesday, members of Sabbahi’s campaign were attacked by supporters of Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
A recent poll by Baseera reported that 39 percent of Egyptians would vote for Sisi if the elections were held today, and only 1 percent would choose Sabbahi, with 59 percent saying they were undecided.