HEC sets 8 Feb to accept candidacy applications for parliamentary elections
An Egyptian casts his vote - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The High Elections committee (HEC) announced in a statement Thursday it has set Feb.8 to start accepting candidacy applications for the upcoming parliamentary elections, Youm7 reported.

The committee also issued different decisions regarding the legal procedures of the ballot, including the electoral symbols for the candidates along with the electoral campaigning for the first stage, scheduled to start on 26 February and end 20 March. For the second stage of elections, electoral campaigning are scheduled to start 3 April and end 24 April, according to the statement.

The political roadmap, announced by the then-Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in July 3, 2013, has set a timeline in which parliamentary elections would precede presidential election. This timing was overturned in early 2014, and the parliamentary elections were scheduled then for late 2014, only to have the latter pushed back to March 2015.

Number of political parties were preparing during the past period to run for the elections, however, some, including The Popular Current headed by former presidency candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi, announced they won’t participate.

In statement published on The Popular Current’s facebook page in January, Sabbahi explained that the newly-released law allows political figures affiliated to former president Hosni Mubarak regime, along with Muslim Brotherhood to take part in the upcoming elections, “moreover it weakens the chance of other political powers, despite continued demands for its amendment.”

On the other hand, Tamarod political Movement that played major role in the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi was denied forming a party to run the elections due to problems in their party’s paperwork.

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