CAIRO: The High Elections Committee (HEC) announced it has accepted the candidacy of 6,899 persons running for the upcoming parliamentary elections, Youm7 reported Monday.
“5,609 candidates applied to stand as independents while 1,290 candidates applied to run through 19 electoral lists nationwide representing seven coalitions and political parties,” HEC spokesperson Omar Marawan said in a statement Monday.
Egypt’s 2015 parliament will comprise of 567 seats: 420 to be elected as individuals, and 120 through the winner-take-all party lists, with 27 seats to be appointed by the president.
The registration door for candidacy was officially closed Thursday at 7:00 p.m. but “hopeful candidates who missed the registration deadline due to delay in procedures of medical tests and reports were allowed to submit their complete registration papers on Friday and Saturday,” said Marawan.
He added that during the next few days, the HEC will publish the names of the approved candidates in two state-run newspapers in order to allow any appeals before the administrative court against the candidacy of some hopefuls.
In January, the HEC announced that the parliamentary election would be held in two phases: Egyptians in 14 of the country’s 27 governorates will go to the polls from 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.