The parliamentary elections committee in Menoufiya governorate has disqualified former leading National Democratic Party (NDP) member and steel tycoon Ahmed Ezz from running in the upcoming parliamentary poll, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported on Sunday.
The committee announced on Sunday the final list of candidates registered for the upcoming parliamentary elections to be held in March.
The list did not include the name of Ezz who seeked to run in Menoufiya’s El-Sadat district.
Judicial sources told Ahram Online that the steel tycoon was disqualified because he did not include in his registration documents the financial statements of his second wife Shahinaz El-Naggar, as well other documents related to medical examinations.
The source added that Ezz had already presented his financial statement as well the financial statements of his first wife as well as his children.
Shahinaz El-Naggar, Ezz’s wife, already announced that she intends to run for the parliamentary elections in Cairo’s Manial constituency.
Ahmed Ezz’s lawyer Mohamed Hamouda told Aswat Masriya that he would appeal against the decision to disqualify his client in front of the administrative court.
The Higher Elections Committee (HEC) will announce a preliminary list of candidates later on Sunday. The disqualified candidates have the right to appeal against the decisions of the committee within three days.
Ezz, who was recently freed from jail over corruption charges, served as the national organiser of Mubarak’s now-dissolved NDP. He also acted as the spokesperson for the NDP in parliament between 2005 and 2010.
The decision to run in the upcoming parliamentary elections drew criticism from many pro-25 January revolution political figures and parties as the 56-year-old is widely believed to have engineered widespread fraud during the 2010 parliamentary elections, securing an unprecedented majority for his party in the chamber.
Ezz was supposed to appear on TV for an interview on Al-Qahera Wal Nas TV channel on Saturday but the interview was cancelled.
In his first live TV interview on the phone since his release from prison, Ezz said that the owner of the TV channel decided not to air the interview without providing reasons.
Ezz is the chairman of Ezz Steel and has a 55 percent stake in EZDK, the largest steel complex in the Middle East. It was previously known as Alexandria National Iron and Steel Company (ANISC) before Ezz, then a mid-rank steel manufacturer, was called in to bail out the struggling publicly-owned company in 1999.
Ezz enjoyed a close relationship with Gamal Mubarak, the former president's son, who was reportedly being groomed to succeed his father as president.
The first round of the parliamentary elections in Egypt will kick off in March.