CAIRO: The Egyptian Social Democratic Party (ESDP) decided not to support any presidential candidate, but said in a Saturday statement that its members are individually free to support one of the two candidates Abdel Fatah al-Sisi or Hamdeen Sabbahi.
ESDP took an internal vote Saturday, whereby Sisi obtained 46.16 percent; Sabbahi had 9.46 percent and 44.38 percent voted for leaving the matter to the members’ free choice.
The party had decided that one of the options must have at least 66 percent of the vote to be adopted. As a consequence of the vote turnout, the party’s headquarters and facilities may not be used in favor of any presidential campaign.
The Wafd, Conference and Tagammu parties announced their support for Sisi. Meanwhile, the Dostour Party, the Popular Current and the Socialist Popular Alliance announced their support for Sabbahi.
The first round of presidential elections will be held May 26 and 27, and May 15 and 18 for Egyptians living abroad. The second round of presidential elections, if needed, will be held June 16 and 17.
The Supreme Electoral Commission will accept challenges against its decision on June 19, and the final results of the elections will be announced on June 26.