Egypt's PEC studying legal procedures against Sabahi for violating campaigning rules

Ahram Online , Thursday 1 May 2014

Presidential Elections Committee accuses Hamdeen Sabahi of violating presidential campaigning rules by presenting his programme before the official start of campaigning Saturday

Hamdeen Sabahi
Sabahi Speaking at the Press Conference on Wednesday in which he announced his electoral program (Photo: Courtesy of the Official Facebook page of Sabahi`s Campaign)

Egypt's Presidential Elections Committee (PEC) issued a statement Thursday stating that it was studying legal procedures against presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi for violating presidential elections campaigning rules.

"Presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi was informed that he violated the presidential elections campaigning rules when he held a press conference to present his presidential programme," said the PEC statement. 

"The presidential elections campaigns have not started yet, they would start on 3 May 2014," the statement added.

PEC also accused privately own TV channel CBC Extra of violating the presidential elections campaigning rules for airing the press conference of Sabahi.

PEC also informed the minister of local development and the governor of Al-Daqahlia governorate to remove all endorsement campaigns banners in the city of Mansoura which were spread before the start of the presidential campaigns. 

"We informed the minister of local development to issue a decision to all governors as well both candidates to remove all presidential campaign banners violating the campaigning rules in all governorates in Egypt," said the statement. 

Presidential elections will be held 26 and 27 May. Two candidates are running: left-leaning Nasserist Hamdeen Sabahi and former army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

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