The head of the Higher Presidential Elections Commission (HPEC), responsible for supervising Egypt's first post-Mubarak presidential elections, Farouq Sultan, stated Saturday that 158 Egyptians requested presidential nomination forms on the first day of registration. None have yet officially filed their candidacy applications.
HPEC's general secretary, Hatem Bagato, also confirmed that legal agents representing presidential hopefuls Selim El-Awa and Amr Moussa were amongst those requesting the concerned forms Saturday.
Moussa and El-Awa are amongst a number of high profile candidates who have declared their plans to run in the presidential elections. Moussa is former chief of the Arab League and former foreign minister under ousted president Hosni Mubarak. Awa is a renowned Islamist thinker.
Hopefuls for the position have until 8 April to apply. Elections are scheduled for 23-24 May. The Constitutional Declaration approved by the March 2011 referendum and existing elections law set the criterion for acceptance in the race.
Any Egyptian with dual nationality or married to a foreigner is ineligible. The candidate cannot be under the age of 40.