Egyptian embassies extend working hours to facilitate presidential election endorsements

Ahram Online , Friday 29 Sep 2023

Egyptian embassies and consulates will operate throughout the week, including on public holidays and weekends, to facilitate the endorsement process for the upcoming presidential elections.

File Photo: Egyptian Foreign Ministry building. Al-Ahram


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement released on Thursday, confirmed that citizens will be able to fill in endorsement forms free of charge during these extended working hours.

With the six-year term of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi coming to an end in 2024, Egypt is preparing for the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for December. 

The National Election Authority has announced that overseas voting will take place from 1–3 December, while domestic voting will occur from 10–12 December. If no run-off is necessary, the winner will be announced on December 18.

As anticipation builds, Egyptian notary offices have witnessed long queues of citizens eager to fill in endorsement forms, indicating significant competition among multiple candidates.

Seven political figures have already declared their intentions to run for the presidency, including Gameela Ismail, the chairwoman of the liberal Dostour (Constitution) Party, and Farid Zahran, the chairman of the leftist Egyptian Social Democratic Party.

Other notable candidates include 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; Ahmed El-Fadaly, chairman of the Democratic Peace Party; and Ahmed Tantawi, a former MP and the former head of the leftist Al-Karama (Dignity) Party.

While President El-Sisi has not officially announced his candidacy for reelection, numerous political parties and unions have expressed their support and encouraged him to run for another term.

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