Sabbahi may be fined if electioneering violations confirmed by HPEC
Hamdeen Sabbahi - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb

CAIRO: The High Presidential Elections Committee (HPEC) is scheduled to discuss whether Hamdeen Sabbahi violated the electioneering date or not by announcing his platform Wednesday.

The General Secretariat of HPEC Abdel Aziz Salman told The Cairo Post Wednesday that the HPEC will hold a meeting to discuss this matter after Sabbahi held a conference Wednesday to announce his platform.

The presidential electioneering date starts on May 3 and ends on May 23, according to Salman’s press statement on Sunday.

In a press conference held Wednesday, Sabbahi’s presidential campaign announced his platform amid a huge media presence. Sabbahi said that a number of experts and specialists participated in drafting his platform and its goals, reported Youm7.

Article 54 in the presidential elections law stipulates that anyone who violates the rules regarding electioneering they will be fined between 20,000 EGP to 200,000 EGP.

As mentioned during the conference, Sabbahi’s platform focuses on three axes: that economic development achieves social justice, “freedom of the democratic regime”, and “dignity protected by national independence”, which focuses on foreign affairs.

Sabbahi and Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi were announced as the only two official presidential candidates by the High Presidential Elections Committee on April 20 after Sisi’s campaign presented approximately 200,000 endorsements to the High Presidential Elections Committee and Sabbahi submitted 31,100 electoral endorsements from 17 governorates.

The first round of the presidential elections is due May 26-27.

Additionaly Reporting by Samar Salama and Ibrahim Kasim.

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