Egypt's elections authority directs notary offices to extend working hours

Ahram Online , Sunday 1 Oct 2023

Egypt’s National Elections Authority (NEA) directed all notary offices to extend their working hours to accommodate citizens who want to endorse candidates running for the presidency.

Egypt s National Elections Authority


The NEA made the announcement Sunday after receiving many complaints regarding submitting endorsements. 

"In the event of overcrowding where a substantial number of citizens are waiting in front of the notary office, employees are expected to work beyond their regular official working hours until they have assisted the last citizen who arrived before the designated closing time," read the statement.

The notary offices’ regular operating hours are 9 am-2 pm and 2:30 pm-9 pm.

Additionally, the NEA reaffirmed its commitment to responding to all complaints and following up on technical issues that occurred in a few notary offices to ensure that the process goes smoothly for citizens, as well as presidential candidates. 

While notary offices across Egypt were jammed with citizens endorsing President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi for a third term, supporters of other potential candidates reportedly struggle to issue endorsements.

The Egyptian constitution mandates candidates secure endorsements from at least 20 MPs from the House of Representatives or 25,000 registered voters from at least 15 governorates, with a minimum of 1,000 endorsements from each governorate.

Notary offices started receiving endorsements for candidates last Monday, with Egypt’s National Election Authority (NEA) announcing that those seeking to run in the 2024 presidential election can submit for candidacy from 5 to 14 October 2023.

Voting in Egypt will take place 10-12 December, with Egyptians abroad casting their votes 1-3 December.

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