14,406 candidates to run for student union elections
Cairo University - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Around 14,406 students will be running in the elections of the students union at universities, scheduled to kick off Monday, Youm7 reported Saturday.

A number of 1,537 students have been excluded from the race for not meeting candidacy conditions, with the political affiliations topping the restrictions.

Some students have been reportedly banned from running the elections over belonging to either “banned or terrorist entities,” in addition to facing judicial rulings.

In Nov. 2, the Higher Education Ministry announced it banned the candidacy of pro-Muslim Brotherhood students from running the elections.

Other conditions which might lead students outside the race include: failing in exams, unpaid study fees and not being Egyptian citizens, according to recently drafted amendments to the students’ law.

The university students’ elections were cancelled in 2013 and 2014 due to the escalating on-campus protests and deadly clashes between security forces and university students across Egypt in which dozens of students were killed and hundreds were jailed.

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