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Sabahi presents presidential forms to Egypt’s PEC, says he's fighting 'vicious battle'

Presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabahi submits early Saturday the required forms to validate his presidential candidacy; says battle is for freedom and social justice

Ahram Online, Saturday 19 Apr 2014
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Hamdeen Sabahi Egypt's candidate in the presidential race (Photo: Simon Hanna)
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Presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabahi arrived early Saturday to the Presidential Elections Commission (PEC) headquarters to present over 31,000 recommendation forms in support of his candidacy, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

“We are fighting a vicious battle for social justice and freedom, and I hope the presidential elections are fair and transparent,” Sabahi said upon arriving at PEC's HQ.

Sabahi’s presidential campaign announced at a press conference Thursday the number of recommendations it succeeded in collecting from across Egypt's governorates.

Hossam Moenes, coordinator of Sabahi's electoral campaign, said the team had managed to gather 31,100 notorised recommendation forms from 17 governorates.

Egypt's elections law requires a minimum of 25,000 recommendation forms, with at least 1,000 from 15 governorates.

On Wednesday, the campaign of former military chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced that it had gathered far more than the required number of forms, with over 500,000 recommendations, according to campaign legal advisor Mohamed Abou Shuqqa.

El-Sisi, who is expected to win by a landslide, presented his recommendation forms to PEC last week, becoming the first presidential candidate to complete all required paperwork for electoral eligibility.

Egypt's presidential elections are scheduled for 26-27 May.

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