HPEC notifies Sabbahi of violating campaigning rules
Hamdeen Sabbahi - YOUM7/Osama Mohamed
By AYA IBRAHIM

CAIRO: The High Presidential Elections Commission notified presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi that announcing his electoral platform ahead of the official date set for presidential campaigns is a clear violation, in a Wednesday statement.

Campaigns for presidential candidates are scheduled to begin on May 3 and end on May 23.

The announcement came following a Wednesday press conference held by Sabbahi, during which he explained his electoral platform. The commission commented on the conference, saying that “it will consider taking legal actions against Sabbahi who announced his vision during the press conference.”

“If I win the presidential election, I will abolish the protest law and release those imprisoned under the law,” Sabbahi said during the press conference, promising not to use his legislative power as a president unless he has to do.

Sabbahi criticized the new investment law approved by Egypt’s cabinet in April, saying that “if he became president, abolishing the new investment law would be among his piriorities because this law has no a constitutional origin.”

The amended 70-article investment law (Number 8 of 1997) has stirred controversy among activists and businessmen as it includes a clause that prevents third parties from challenging contracts made between the government and investors.

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 and Sabbahi submitted 31,100 endorsements from 17 governorates.

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

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