Registeration for parliamentary elections extended two days

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Egypt’s Higher Election Commission (HEC) announced on Sunday it would extend the duration of accepting applications of candidates for next month’s parliamentary elections two more days.

The door will now close on Thursday 19 February instead of Tuesday 17 February.

The HEC stated that the extension aims to allow candidates to finish their required documents, particularly after the High Administrative Court issued an 11 February decision amending medical check-up 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 candidates to submit their documents on 8 February.

More than 4,000 candidates have registered.

Around 55 million Egyptians are eligible to vote in the elections which will be carried out in two phases. The first phase is on 22-23 March and includes Giza, Fayoum, Beni Suef, Minya, Assiut, New Valley, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, Aswan, Red Sea, Alexandria, Beheira and Matrouh.

The second stage will take place on 26-27 April in Cairo, Daqahlia, Menufiya, Gharbiya, Kafr Al-Sheikh, Sharqiya, Damietta, Port Said, Ismailia Suez, North Sinai, and South Sinai.

Expatriates included in the first phase are to vote on 21 and 22 March.

Expatriates in the second stage will vote on 25 and 26 April.

Campaigning for the first stage of the elections will take place between 26 February and 20 March.