Sisi only official presidential candidate so far: HPEC
Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi - YOUM7
By SARA OSAMA SHOUREAP

CAIRO: Former Defense Minister Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is so far the only official presidential candidate, Secretary General of the High Presidential Electoral Committee (HPEC) Abdel Aziz Salman said Monday in an interview with Al-Hayah channel.

Others who have declared their intentions to run are not official candidates, but instead “candidacy seekers” until we review their papers and accept them, Salman said.

Sisi’s campaign has presented approximately 200,000 endorsements to the Supreme Electoral Commission Monday, making Sisi the first official presidential candidate, state-owned television reported.

Salman said that he formed a committee from the general secretariat to sort the endorsements presented by Sisi’s campaign to make sure they were valid.

Several civil rights organizations are organizing teams to monitor the voting procedures in the forthcoming presidential elections scheduled to take place May 26 and 27 and sent the High Presidential Electoral Committee requests to monitor the vote.

The European Union and the High Presidential Electoral Committee signed Sunday a memorandum that would allow for an E.U. Elections Observation Mission during the upcoming presidential elections.

“The European Union was the one who sought and demanded to participate in monitoring the forthcoming elections and we welcomed that.” Salman said, adding that they welcome any international or external monitoring on the Presidential elections.

“We received 7 requests from international organizations … 45 civil and local organizations,” Salman added.

Other prominent potential candidates are Zamalek Club head Mortada Mansour, who announced his bid for the presidency in a statement aired on state television April 6.

Founder of the Popular Current, Nasserist Hamdeen Sabbahi has also announced his bid for presidency, as well as women’s rights activist Bothaina Kamel.

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