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Egypt sets date for presidential election in December

Egypt’s presidential election is to take place in December, according to the country’s National Election Authority.

The commission said on Monday that the presidential poll would be held over three consecutive days beginning Dec. 10, the election body said.

It said the Egyptians living abroad would be able to cast their ballots over three days from Dec. 1.

Candidacy registration would open on Oct. 5 until Oct. 14 with the final list of candidates to be released on November 19.

The final results of the vote are to be officially announced on Dec. 18.

Walid Hamza the commission’s head promised a fair election, adding that the election would take place under full judicial supervision.

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“Say your word in the ballot box and decide your fate and future by your hands,” Hamza said, calling on Egyptians to vote in the upcoming election that comes amid an economic crisis in the country of around 105 million.

Around 65 million Egyptians are eligible to vote, according to Egyptian media.

Incumbent President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, who has ruled Egypt since 2014, has not officially announced his candidacy, but he is widely expected to run.

After his re-election in 2018, his current term ends next April.

Under approved amendments to Egypt’s 2014 constitution, al-Sissi would be allowed to run for one more six-year term.

Several leaders in political parties loyal to al-Sissi have announced their intention to stand for president.

Opposition politician Ahmed al-Tanatawi, an ex-lawmaker, has also said he would run and accused security agencies of arresting some of his supporters. (dpa/NAN)

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