File Photo: Egyptians wait to vote at a polling station during the first round of elections, in Giza, Cairo, Egypt. AP
On Wednesday, the National Election Authority (NEA) announced the final four candidates vying for office. Campaigning runs through 8 December, after which electoral silence is imposed.
The candidates include incumbent President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, competing for a third term in office with an electoral symbol of the star, as well as Farid Zahran, the leftist opposition Social Democratic Party candidate, represented by the sun symbol.
The list also includes Abdel-Sanad Yamama, the candidate of Egypt's oldest liberal party, the Wafd, represented by the symbol of the palm tree, as well as Hazem Omar, the Republican People’s Party candidate, with the ladder symbol. Voting for Egyptians residing abroad will occur from 1 to 3 December at home from 10 to 12 December.
The NEA established guidelines for campaigning expenses to ensure transparency and regulate campaign spending.
Candidates should open a bank account in either the National Bank of Egypt or Banque Misr to deposit campaigning expenses and receive donations.
The NEA will monitor the deposits and donations. The expenditure shall not exceed EGP 20 million for campaigning or EGP 5 million in case of runoffs.
Under election law, each candidate can receive cash or in-kind donations from Egyptian individuals only, provided that they do not exceed two percent of the maximum expenditure limit for the campaign.
Eligible voters can inquire about their electoral committees and polling stations by entering their 14-digit national identification number on the NEA website.