HPEC decides against distributing free energy-saving bulbs
Sisi’s campaign distributing free energy-saving bulbs - YOUM7/Islam Osama

CAIRO: The High Presidential Election Commission (HPEC) is about to take a decision against the presidential candidate who is distributing free energy-saving light bulbs for the poor, HPEC secretary general Abdel Aziz Salman said Thursday during his interview on Dream channel.

Salman called on people who have clear evidence of any electoral violating to hand it to the committee to take action against the violaters.

Commenting on printing ballots inside the publishing houses affiliated to Egypt’s police, Salman said that they are major and have all the required technical capacity, describing them as “fair and honest” national apparatus.

“These publishing houses are not affiliated to the police but belong to the police’s fund,” Salman said, stressing that there is a serial number for each ballot paper and for each voter “The judges will not be alone inside the commission headquarters due to the existence of many authorities monitoring the election.” He said any talk about the affiliation of any judge to a particular political party is baseless.

According to Al-Akhbar newspaper, head of Sisi’s campaign Youth Committee Tarek al-Kholy said the campaign was not officially informed of any decision taken by the HPEC.

“The law prohibits the distribution of electoral gifts, bribes, or whatever falls under this category to urge citizens to vote for a particular candidate,” Salman said in a press statement on May 18.

The presidential elections law sets a penalty of at least one-year imprisonment and a 1,000 EGP fine or one of the two penalties for such a violation, judicial sources inside HPEC told Al-Masry Al-Youm.

An initiative to distribute energy-saving light bulbs throughout Egypt’s governorates was launched on May 17 by Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s presidential campaign.

The bulbs, part of Sisi’s campaign to encourage responsible energy consumption, were given away in the areas of Al-Hussein, Al-Azhar, Sayeda Zeinab, Warraq, and Embaba, according to Sisi’s official campaign page on Facebook.

Changing old lamps with new energy saving bulbs in Egyptian households would save 4,000-megawatts, in turn saving millions in fuel that could be put toward other subsidies in the state’s general budget, Sisi said in a TV interview on CBC and ON TV channels.

HPEC dismissed an electoral violation by presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi May 4 after he submitted a complaint. He announced his electoral platform three days prior to the date set by HPEC from May 3 to May 23.

Although a violation, HPEC dismissed it because it was committed in an “equivocal timing” after Sabbahi was approved as a presidential candidate, which might have made him believe he was entitled to make his platform announcement. HPEC also accepted Sabbahi’s apology and urged all parties to respect the laws governing electoral campaigns.

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