Egyptian independent parliamentary candidate Ezzat Badawy died suddenly from a heart attack on Sunday before participating in the election’s run-offs, which will take place on Monday abroad and on Tuesday domestically, state news agency MENA reported.
Badawy, 80, ranked seventh in his district, and thus was promoted to the election run-offs, where four candidates from his constituency, in Sharqiya governorate’s Zagazig and El-Kenayat, would be elected to parliament.
Badawy was previously elected to parliament in his district four consecutive times.
Meanwhile, Judge Abdo Al-Awdan, overlooking elections in Sharqiya governorate, told MENA that the High Election Committee (HEC) was notified of Badawy’s death.
HEC will issue a statement in the coming few hours naming the candidate next in line to replace Badawy, Al-Awdan added.
The run-offs, which will conclude on Wednesday, will mark the end of the parliamentary elections. The parliament is schedule to hold its first session before the end of this year after a four-year hiatus.
Egypt has been without a legislative body since a court dissolved in June 2012 the 2011 House of Representatives on constitutional grounds.
Since his election in June 2014, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has held legislative power in the absence of a parliament.