Presidential elections calendar to be announced Wednesday ‎

Ahram Online, Tuesday 28 Feb 2012

Higher Presidential Elections Commission member says committee will outline the dates ‎of presidential election process in a presser late afternoon Wednesday after a final ‎meeting to confirm the schedule

Archive photo from Egypt's latest parliament elections (Photo: Reuters)

Member of the Higher Presidential Elections Commission (HPEC) Mohamed Momtaz announced that the committee will hold a press conference Wednesday at 5:30pm to announce the timetable of the presidential elections process.

Momtaz said the commission will conduct a final meeting Wednesday morning to finalize the schedule before the press conference, which will be held in the State Information Service headquarters in Cairo.

Head of the current ruling military council Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi confirmed 1 July as a final deadline for the handover of power to a civilian elected authority. It is worth noting that the verdict session of the trial of the former president Hosni Mubarak is scheduled for 2 June.

The presidential elections timetable was supposed to be announced last week. However, head of HPEC Judge Farouq Sultan explained that the decision to postpone the announcement was made whilst they were determining how Egyptians abroad will vote.

The presidential elections are set to be carried out in one stage unlike the parliamentary elections, which were conducted across three phases.

The commission has previously announced that the registration process for candidacy applications will be from 10 March to 8 April.

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