Egypt's PEC to begin accepting objections to presidential candidates

Ahram Online, Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

Former defence minister Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi are the only two applicants for presidential elections

Egypt's Presidential Elections Commission (PEC) will begin to accept objections to presidential applicants from Tuesday through Wednesday before announcing official presidential candidates on 2 May.

Only two candidates applied to PEC for the presidential elections; former defence minister Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and leftist Politician Hamdeen Sabahi.

The candidate's campaigns will officially kick off on 3 May and continue through 23 May.

The elections will be held on 26 and 27 May, from 8am to 8pm.

The results of the election will be officially announced on 5 June. In case of a tie, a run-off will be held on 16 and 17 June, with the final results scheduled to be announced 26 June.

PEC's final results cannot be appealed by any other judicial body.

The presidential elections law, issued by interim President Adly Mansour on 8 March, stipulates that candidates cannot appeal election results announced by the PEC.

Critics have asserted that the new law contravenes Article 97 of the constitution, which makes administrative orders liable to judicial appeal. 

Mansour has argued in favour of the law, however, explaining that while he was initially in favour of allowing appeals, he was eventually convinced that they would delay the electoral process and cast doubts on the new president's legitimacy, thus impacting national security. 

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