HPEC: Voting ballots will have photos of each candidate
Head of the Higher Presidential Elections Commission (HPEC) Anwar Al-Assi - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Head of the Higher Presidential Elections Commission (HPEC) Anwar Al-Assi announced on Tuesday that the voting ballots for the upcoming presidential elections in Egypt will have the photos of each candidate printed on them, according to Akhbar Al-Youm.

“Each voting ballot contains four checkboxes for the candidates’ names, their photos, their electoral symbols, and check marks,” Al-Assi said.

A committee of representatives from Central Bank of Egypt, The Ministries of Endowment, Media and, Education, the police’s general investigation department, and the Egyptian Anti-Corruption Agency will monitor any violations during the presidential elections. They will also monitor the no-campaigning period after May 23, HEPC secretary-general Abdelaziz Salman told Youm7.

On 20 April, HPEC announced that presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi and Field Marshal Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi are the only two official presidential candidates.

Sisi chose a star as his candidacy symbol, which HPEC officially approved of. Sabbahi’s symbol is an eagle in the upcoming presidential elections, Salman said.

HPEC also announced that the presidential elections campaign will start April 30 until the midnight of May 23.

Egyptians abroad are scheduled to start voting during May 15-18 while May 24 and 25 is an election campaigning blackout period.

The presidential elections are scheduled to be held on May 26 and 27 in Egypt.

HPEC member Tarek Shebl told Al-Ahram that if the winning candidate does not get 50 percent plus one of the total number of votes cast, there will a run-off.

According to the 2014 constitution, the presidential elections will be followed by a parliamentary ballot, which must start within six months of the ratification of the constitution.

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