The Muslim Brotherhood is launching an aggressive preemptive campaign through its media outlets and online platforms to cast doubt on the integrity of the National Elections Authority in Egypt, accusing it of limiting the presidential candidates.
The National Elections Authority. in a statement published by the official news agency two days ago, expressed its rejection of “unacceptable doubt and defamation” regarding its work.
The authority stated that all the procedures and decisions it has taken for the upcoming presidential elections are in accordance with the provisions of the constitution. laws, and international standards in this regard. It emphasized that the implementation process is disciplined and consistent with what the authority has defined. stressing that it will not accept any doubts about its work or false allegations.
The National Elections Authority further explained that it “followed with great concern the doubt and unacceptable defamation of its role in supervising the constitutional process of the presidential elections.”
It confirmed that through its monitoring, there have been no violations, bias. or harassment against anyone by the entities responsible for implementing the authority’s decisions regarding the presidential elections, including the notary offices affiliated with the Real Estate and Documentation Authority. which are responsible for issuing endorsement forms for citizens who wish to nominate themselves for the elections. It stated that all the allegations made in this regard are baseless and divorced from reality.
This statement comes in the wake of complaints from potential presidential candidates and false accusations related to alleged hindrance and threats against their supporters during the process of obtaining endorsements for their candidacies.
The race for endorsements intensified, with notable crowding at the Real Estate and Documentation Authority offices and increased interest from citizens in granting endorsements, particularly for supporters of the current President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
Potential candidate and opposition figure Ahmed Tantawi indicated that his supporters had faced harassment during the process of obtaining endorsements. He added that he had submitted two appeals to the Supreme Administrative Court against the chairman of the National Elections Authority.
The National Elections Authority is set to receive the candidacy papers of those aspiring to run in the Egyptian presidential elections from October 5th to the 14th. Candidates must obtain endorsements from at least 20 members of the House of Representatives or collect endorsements supporting their candidacy from 25,000 citizens eligible to vote in at least 15 different governorates, with a minimum of 1,000 endorsements from each governorate.
According to the election schedule. the election campaigns will continue for nearly a month, followed by Egyptians abroad voting on the first, second. and third days of December. Egyptians inside Egypt will vote on the 10th, 11th, and 12th days of the same month.
President el-Sisi has not yet announced his intention to run for another term, but several other presidential candidates have openly declared their intention to participate in the elections, including the leader of the Wafd Party. one of Egypt’s oldest parties. Abdel Sattar al-Yamani. the head of the Constitution Party, Jameela Ismail. the head of the Egyptian Democratic Socialist Party, Farid Zahran, and the head of the Republican People’s Party, Hazem Omar.