Medical check for parliament candidates starts Saturday: source
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CAIRO: The High Elections Committee (HEC) is to implement the State Council’s decision that compels parliamentary election candidates to undergo a medical checkup, HEC head Judge Ayman Abbas told Youm7 Tuesday.

“Candidates who will apply to run for the upcoming parliamentary elections must present an official medical report that confirms their physical and mental fitness that enables them to exercise their civil and political rights and fulfill their duties as representatives of the Egyptian people,” he said.

A drug test is also among the official papers that a candidate must present before running in elections.

The Ministry of Health will designate hospitals nationwide where candidates are asked to undergo the medical examinations starting from Saturday, said the source.

The HEC announced that on Feb. 8 they will begin receiving candidates’ applications for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

In January, the HEC announced that the parliamentary election will be held in two phases: Egyptians in 14 of the country’s 27 governorates will go to the polls March 22-23 with runoffs scheduled for April 1-2. Others in 13 governorates will vote April 26-27 with runoffs from May 6-7.

As for Egyptians abroad, the first round will be held March 21 and the second will be conducted April 25; both for two successive days.

The maximum campaign spending allowed for candidates will be 500,000 EGP ($69,000) in the first round (200,000 EGP in case the individual candidate is campaigning for re-election,) Abbas said in a news conference Jan. 13.

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