Egypt’s election authority approves 15 symbols for presidential election candidates



Thu, 28 Sep 2023 - 03:56 GMT


Thu, 28 Sep 2023 - 03:56 GMT

FILE - Egyptians casting their ballots for the presidential election in 2018. Reuters

FILE - Egyptians casting their ballots for the presidential election in 2018. Reuters

CAIRO – 28 September 2023: Egypt’s National Election Authority (NEA) has approved 15 symbols for candidates of the upcoming presidential elections, slated for December.

Candidates who will not be excluded will be able to choose from among these symbols.

The decision was published in the official gazette on Thursday.

Electoral symbols include star, sun, lion, horse, eagle, rooster, scale, airplane, wristwatch, palm tree, boat, umbrella, telephone, glasses, and ladder.

Egyptians will cast their votes in the 2024 Presidential Elections on 10-12 December 2023 locally, while eligible voters living abroad will vote on 1-3 December.

Sisi and the star symbol

Incumbent President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has been granted the star symbol in the 2014 and 2018 elections.

Sisi has not announced plans to run for reelection to date. However, tens of political parties and unions have announced support to his potential candidacy, including the parliamentary majority party Mostaqbal Watan.

Candidates and timetable

Several leading figures from renowned political parties have announced plans to run for elections, including Abdel-Sanad Yamama, head of El-Wafd Party and Hazem Omar, head of the People’s Republican Party.

Hazem Omar has resigned from the Senate to run for president.

Also, Head of the opposition Egyptian Social Democratic Party Farid Zahran and Head of Egypt’s liberal Constitution Party (Al-Dostour) Gameela Ismail announced readiness to run in the elections.

Presidential candidates will submit their nominations in the 10-day period starting 5 October and names of the final candidates and their electoral symbols will be officially announced on 9 November.

Check the full timetable of the 2024 Presidential Elections from here.



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