Egypt: Presidential elections in a snapshot

Ahmed Morsy , Thursday 28 Sep 2023

EGYPT’S National Election Authority (NEA) held a press conference on Monday to announce the timetable for presidential elections, the third to be held in Egypt since the 25 January 2011 Revolution.

Presidential elections in a snapshot
Presidential elections in a snapshot


Elections will start on 1 December abroad and 10 December locally. Each will run for three days and be held under full judicial supervision, according to NEA head Walid Hamza.

  • Candidacy applications may be submitted from 5-14 October. Incomplete submissions will be disqualified, and an initial list of candidates announced by 16 October.
  • Presidential candidates are required to obtain endorsements from either 20 MPs or 25,000 registered voters across at least 15 governorates, with a minimum of 1,000 endorsements from each governorate.
  • A final list of candidates will be released on 9 November.
  • Local voting in the presidential elections will take place from 10-12 December. Egyptians abroad will be able to cast votes from 1-3 December. Campaigning will end abroad on 29 November, and on 8 December in Egypt.
  • Polling stations across the country will be open to voters from 9am to 9pm local time.
  • Expatriates can vote at Egyptian embassies and consulates from 9am to 9pm local time.
  • The Electoral Commission will complete the vote count by 13 December.
  • Appeals against Electoral Commission decisions will be accepted by the NEA on 14 December, with rulings issued on 15 and 16 December.
  • Should no candidate secure an absolute majority of valid votes, a runoff election will be held.
  • The top two candidates will participate in a second round of voting from 8-10 January in Egypt, and from 5-7 January abroad.
  • Runoff campaigning will be permitted from 19 December to 4 January 2024 in Egypt, and until 7 January abroad.
  • The Electoral Commission will complete the count of runoff ballots by 11 January, with the winner announced no later than 16 January.
  • President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi’s term ends on 2 April 2024. He has not yet announced his candidacy for a third six-year term.
  • So far, seven political figures, including one woman, have declared their intentions to stand. They are Gamila Ismail, chair of Dostour Party; Farid Zahran, chair of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party; Abdel-Sanad Yamama, head of the Wafd Party; Fouad Badrawi, a former MP and member of the Wafd Party’s Higher Council; Hazem Omar, head of the People’s Republican Party; Ahmed Al-Fadali, chair of the Democratic Peace Party, and Ahmed Tantawi, a former MP and former head of the Karama Party.
  • The NEA, established in accordance with the 2014 constitution, is the independent body responsible for organising and overseeing elections. In June 2022, President Al-Sisi appointed veteran judge Walid Hamza to lead the NEA.


* A version of this article appears in print in the 28 September, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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