CAIRO: Egypt’s High Election Committee (HEC) extended the registration period to declare candidacy in the upcoming parliamentary elections two days, to end Thursday rather than Tuesday.
The HEC stated Sunday that the extension aims to allow candidates to finish their required documents, particularly after High Administrative Court issued Feb. 11 a decision amending medical check requirements for the candidates.
The decision stipulates that parliament hopefuls shall undergo a medical examination and present an official report “that confirms mental fitness and that they are not drug addicts.”
The committee opened the door for the candidates to submit their documents on Feb. 8.
An official from the HEC told Youm7 Sunday that more than 4,000 candidates have submitted their papers.
Around 55 million Egyptians are eligible to cast ballots to elect the country’s new House of Representatives over a 47-day voting period. The elections will be carried out in two phases.
Before the ouster of Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, Egypt’s Parliament consisted of two houses: the Peoples’ Assembly (the lower house) and the Shura Council (the higher house). The name of the parliament changed into the House of Representatives during the drafting of the 2014 Constitution.