The Egyptian Journalists Syndicate announced on Sunday it will hold its mid-term elections at the headquarters of the Teachers Association in Cairo’s Al-Gezira district on 2 April.
Khaled Miri, the undersecretary of the Journalists Syndicate, received an initial approval from the head of the Teachers Syndicate Khalaf El-Zanati to hold the elections at the association’s open-air area where preventive measures against the coronavirus can be observed.
The vote to choose a new syndicate head and six out of 12 board members was already adjourned from March to April owing to coronavirus concerns.
The decision to put off the elections came after the government had rejected the syndicate's proposal to hold the elections on 19 March in tents erected outside the syndicate's headquarters in Downtown Cairo.
The syndicate had planned to hold the election outside the syndicate’s premises to maintain the safety of voters amid the pandemic.
Six candidates are competing for the post of syndicate head, including incumbent chairman Diaa Rashwan, and 55 candidates are competing for board seats.