CAIRO: Presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabbahi submitted Saturday 31,100 electoral endorsements from 17 governorates to the High Presidential Elections Committee, making him the second official candidate in presidential elections after Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, reported Youm7.
Sisi’s campaign presented approximately 200,000 endorsements to the committee on Monday after declaring his bid in February.
Mortada Mansour, head of Zamalek Sporting Club, also declared on April 6 his intention to join the presidential race, set for May 26-27, alongside Sabbahi and Sisi. Mansour is expected to announce Saturday whether he will continue with his bid or not.
Each candidate must collect 25,000 endorsements in order to qualify for the elections.
Members from a European Union mission reportedly arrived Saturday at Cairo International Airport to monitor presidential elections in Egypt, in accordance with a signed memorandum between the EU and the HPEC on April 13.
Additional Reporting by Samar Salama, Ahmed Zyada, Mohamed el-Sayed and Rofayda Awadeen.