HEC opens candidacy window; huge turnout witnessed  
Queue of applicants waiting to register as candidates in the parliamentary elections - YOUM7/Ahmed Arab
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CAIRO: The High Elections Committee (HEC) opened Sunday the door for candidates to submit their applications to run for the upcoming Parliamentary elections, which are scheduled to start in Egypt on March 22.

Candidates may submit their papers until Feb. 17.

A judicial source at the HEC told Youm7 that there was a “huge turnout” by candidates.

Hours before the candidacy door was opened, some 4,032 hopeful candidates performed their necessary medical checkup, according to Youm7.

Youm7 reported that lawyers of Steel tycoon Ahmed Ezz have submitted his candidacy papers for a constituency in Menoufia.

Ezz is a member of pre-January 25 Revolution parliament under former President Hosni Mubarak, and was a member of the dissolved National Democratic Party, which is widely believed by Egyptians to have influenced corruption in the political scene.

Ezz’s retrial on charges of profiteering and misuse of public funds is ongoing before court.

 

Queue of applicants waiting to register as candidates in the parliamentary elections - Ahmed Arab

Queue of applicants waiting to register as candidates in the parliamentary elections – YOUM7/Ahmed Arab

 

Filmmaker Khaled Youssef, who voiced support for both the January 25 Revolution and events of June 30, has also submitted his candidacy papers in Qalubiya governorate Sunday.

Members of Salafi Nour Party, which announced its participation as Party member, have reportedly submitted their papers in different governorates.

The 2015 Parliament, the second since the 2011 uprising, will be comprised of 420 seats for individual and 120 for parties; five percent of the seats will be appointed by the president.

A number of parties announced they plan to boycott the upcoming elections including Bread and Freedom Party, the Dostour Party and Misr al-Qawia (Strong Egypt) Party.

AHMED ARAB (13)

Queue of applicants waiting to register as candidates in the parliamentary elections – YOUM7/Ahmed Arab

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.

 

Additional reporting by Kamel Kamel and Ahmed Arafa

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