Submitting for candidacy in Egypt 2024 presidential election starts Thursday

Ahram Online , Wednesday 4 Oct 2023

Egypt’s National Election Authority (NEA) will begin receiving submissions from individuals seeking to run in the upcoming 2024 presidential election on Thursday and until 14 October 2023.

Egypt 2024 presidential election


The NEA will accept submissions for candidacies from 9am to 5pm from 5-13 October and till 2pm on 14 October 2023.

The process

To qualify as candidates, those seeking the highest office in the country should submit the required endorsements from 20 MPs or 25,000 eligible voters across at least 15 governorates.

Public notary offices nationwide have been receiving citizens seeking to issue endorsements for potential candidates since 25 September and will continue doing so through 14 October.

The NEA will announce the tally of endorsements submitted to the authority and an initial list of those individuals who qualified to become candidates on 16 October.

The election authority will accept appeals against its disqualification decisions on 17-18 October and rule on them between 19 and 21 October.

The authority will announce the reason for any disqualifications on 22 October.

The final list of qualified candidates will be released on 9 November.

Voting overseas is scheduled for 1-3 December and voting at home is scheduled for 10-12 December. 

The winner will be announced on 18 December 2023 if no run-off is required.

If none of the candidates secure an absolute majority of valid votes in the first round, the two leading candidates will stand in a second round of voting. 

The second round will be held 5-7 January 2024 abroad and 8-10 January 2024 at home.

The winner of the run-off will be announced on 16 January.

Possible candidates

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced Monday that he intends to run for another term.

Several political figures have announced their plans to compete in the upcoming elections.

Those who announced their intention to submit for candidacy include Farid Zahran, chairman of the leftist Egyptian Social Democratic Party; Abdel-Sanad Yamama, head of the liberal Wafd Party; and Hazem Omar, head of the People's Republican Party.

President El-Sisi is expected to submit his candidacy to the NEA on Thursday, according to MP and prominent journalist Mostafa Bakry.

Yamama also plans to submit his candidacy to the NEA on Thursday, according to Bakry.

Yamama, Zahran, and Omar have announced securing the required endorsements from MPs to submit a candidacy to the NEA.

In late September, many MPs in the House of Representatives endorsed President El-Sisi for a new term. 

Other possible candidates include Fouad Badrawi, a former MP and member of the Wafd Party's Higher Council; Ahmed El-Fadaly, chairman of the Democratic Peace Party; Ahmed Tantawi, a former MP and former head of the leftist Al-Karama (Dignity) Party; and Gameela Ismail, chairwoman of the liberal Dostour (Constitution) Party.

Candidate credentials

Those seeking to become candidates in the presidential elections must hail from two Egyptian parents.

They, their parents, and their spouses must hold no other nationalities.

They must hold a higher academic degree.

They must enjoy all civil and political rights.

They should never have been convicted of a felony or a crime that involves a breach of honour or public trust.

They must have performed their compulsory military service or received an exemption.

They must submit a medical report certifying their ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the presidency.

Presidential hopefuls must be at least 40 years old on the date when the nomination process begins.

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