Egypt's endowments ministry warns imams of campaigning for parliamentary candidates

Ahram Online , Saturday 10 Oct 2020

Imams who disregard the warning will be held legally and administratively accountable

ministry of religious endowments
Egypt's ministry of religious endowments

The Egyptian Ministry of Religious Endowments has warned mosque imams nationwide against participating in campaigns to promote parliamentary candidates, a statement by the ministry read on Saturday.

House of Representatives elections are slated to commence later this month.

The ministry noted the warning is meant to preserve the prestige and stature of imams and prevent them from being exploited for other than their lofty mission.

"All imams have to distance themselves from participating in any electoral campaign for any candidate under any circumstances and in any form, and they have to disallow any candidate to exploit mosques or their annexes in the electoral campaign," the ministry said, adding that imams who disregard the warning will be held legally and administratively accountable.

Egypt's House of Representatives elections are to take place over two stages between 21 October and 8 December. The first stage will cover 14 governorates and take place from 21 October to 30 November, while the second stage will cover 13 governorates and take place from 4 November to 14 December.

The 568-seat assembly will be filled by the individual candidacy system and closed party lists system equally as per the recent amendments to the elections law. One-third of the House representatives will be appointed by the president of the republic.

The ministry urged imams to exercise their constitutional right and fulfil their national duty by casting their ballots.

The ministry decided on Saturday to repost Sheikh Mohamed Shehata, the imam of the Abdel-Aziz Al-Ali Mosque in Giza's Boulaq Al-Dakrour district, to become a researcher, as a result of his participation in campaigning for a House candidate. 

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