Egypt's Sabahi submits presidential bid documents
By Islam Mosaad, Saturday, April 19, 2014
CAIRO – Potential presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi on Saturday submitted his candidacy application to the election commission in eastern Cairo.
Sabahi has submitted his candidacy application after collecting the required number of written endorsements from eligible voters, according to Anadolu Agency reporter.
Egypt's newly-approved constitution makes it necessary for presidential hopefuls to collect written endorsements from 25,000 citizens in order to run in presidential polls.
Presidential hopefuls must also undergo health tests to prove they are medically fit to hold the nation's top post.
The elections commission had earlier said it would continue receiving candidacy applications until April 20 for the May 26-27 presidential election.
Sabahi's presidential campaign said on Friday that it collected more than 31,000 written endorsements from ordinary voters in 17 provinces.
Sabahi's application brings to two the number of presidential hopefuls who have officially submitted their candidacy applications, including former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who submitted his application last Monday.
The presidential elections are part of a transitional roadmap announced upon the ouster by the military of elected president Mohamed Morsi in July last year.
Apart from the referendum on the amended version of the constitution in January, the roadmap also includes presidential and parliamentary elections.
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