Interior ministry denies arresting citizens for being members at electoral campaign

Ahram Online , Friday 15 Sep 2023

Egypt's Ministry of Interior denied in a statement on Thursday arresting people for their membership in an electoral campaign.

Egypt s Interior Ministry headquarters in downtown Cairo (Reuters)
Egypt s Interior Ministry headquarters in downtown Cairo (Reuters)


"There is no truth to the allegations made by a citizen that several people were arrested owing to their membership in his planned election campaign," read the statement, without providing further information.

Ahmed Tantawy -- who announced his willingness to run for the presidency -- said in a statement on Thursday that security forces arrested a group of volunteers for his electoral campaign.

Tantawy said the Supreme State Security Prosecution ordered the detention of six volunteers in his campaign on charges he described as "recurring stereotypical accusations."

The Egyptian National Election Authority (NEA) will soon announce the registration date for candidates for the 2024 presidential election.

The election process must begin by December 2023, per the country's constitution.

So far, five people have expressed their intention to run for the upcoming elections, including Ahmed Tantawi, a former MP; Abdel-Sanad Yamama, head of the Wafd Party; Fouad Badrawi, a former MP and member of the Wafd Party's Higher Council; Hazem Omar, head of the People's Republican Party; and Ahmed El-Fadaly, chairman of the Democratic Peace Party.

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