CAIRO: So far, 600 candidates for the upcoming parliamentary election in seven governorates have performed medical checkup; a prerequisite for candidacy, Youm7 reported Sunday.
This comes in accordance with Egypt’s State Council decision on Jan. 20, which compels parliament hopefuls to undergo a medical examination and present an official report “that confirms their physical and mental fitness that would enable them to exercise their civil and political rights and fulfill their duties as representatives of the Egyptian people.”
On Wednesday, the Health Ministry has designated several hospitals in Egypt’s 27 governorates to begin the medical examinations for 4,200 EGP ($550) per applicant.
The medical examination includes an electrocardiogram, gastrointestinal tract and drug tests.
The High Elections Committee (HEC) has set Feb. 8 as a start date for receiving applications of candidates seeking to run in the elections and set Feb. 17 as the deadline to receive the applications.
The upcoming parliament will be composed of 567 seats, 420 of which will be independents, with 120 seats for the party-list system along with 27 seats to be appointed by the president.
In January, the HEC announced that the parliamentary elections 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 expatriate Egyptians, the first round will be held March 21 and the second will be conducted April 25; both for two successive days.
On Jan. 13, head of HEC judge Ayman Abbas announced a limit of 500,000 EGP ($69,000) for campaign spending in the first round, with a limit of 200,000 EGP in case the individual candidate is campaigning for re-election.