CAIRO: Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians have endorsed former defense minister Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as a presidential candidate, surpassing the minimum 25,000 endorsements required, campaign sources told Youm7 Friday.
The process of receiving citizens’ petitions in support of their potential presidential candidates kicked off on March 31 and will end on April 20.
The sources stressed that the processes of gathering and sorting the endorsements applications may delay the application deadline for candidacy submission.
“There is no accurate count for the number of endorsements applications that have been collected for Sisi to run in this year’s presidential election,” member in the media office of Sisi’s central campaign Yara Khalaf told Youm7 Friday. She also stressed that the central campaign is still collecting the endorsements applications in all provinces.
Khalaf said that “once Sisi has finished all the procedures necessary to be eligible to run, he would submit his candidacy papers including the medical examination and the endorsements applications,” adding that this takes some time.
Secretary General to the High Presidential Electoral Committee Judge Abdel-Aziz Salman said in a press conference March 10 at the committee headquarters that “the committee is taking a series of measures to facilitate voting for the Egyptian expatriates who are willing to cast his/her vote in the upcoming presidential election.”
Salman also called on the candidates who are willing to run for presidential elections to submit their official papers as soon as possible during the Thursday press conference and stressed on the endorsement applications saying that they take much time to be tested and counted.
Two other candidates have expressed their intentions to run for office: Hamdeen Sabbahi and Mortada Mansour.
The first round of presidential election is scheduled to be held on May 26-27.