Fri, 29 Sep 2023 - 02:34 GMT
Fri, 29 Sep 2023 - 02:34 GMT
As the 2024 Egyptian presidential elections draw near, Hazem Omar, a likely candidate, has gained significant traction, securing 44 nomination forms from the House of Representatives. The announcement was made by MP Mohamed Salah Abu Hemila, the head of the Republican People's Parliamentary Committee, shedding light on the party leader's increasing popularity.
Given the upcoming presidential race, many Egyptian citizens are curious about who Hazem Omar, the leader of the Republican People's Party and potential presidential candidate, really is.
Who is Hazem Omar?
In a recent surprising move, Omar's name dominated popular search engine, Google, following his announcement on Thursday morning that he will be resigning from the Senate to run for the Egyptian presidency in 2024.
Commenting on his resignation, Omar mentioned in his letter to the Senate: "In reference to the National Electoral Commission's decision number (5) of 2023 regarding the opening of nominations for the presidency of the Arab Republic of Egypt 2024, and following the decision of the Supreme Body of the Republican People's Party issued on July 8, 2023, endorsing my candidacy for the presidency for the term 2024-2030; I have decided to submit my candidacy papers for the presidency in 2024."
He further added, "Hence, in adherence to Article (255) of the internal regulations of the Senate issued by Law number (2) of 2021, I hereby tender my resignation from the Senate membership, without any conditions or restrictions." Concluding his letter, Omar requested, "Kindly review and take the necessary legal procedures to present the resignation at the first general session, enabling us to complete our nomination procedures for the 2024 presidential elections."
Egyptian politics has seen a dynamic landscape with various leaders emerging over the years. The Senate, a key institution in the Egyptian political fabric, serves as an influential platform for many political figures. The 2024 elections are being watched closely, both domestically and internationally, for indications of Egypt's future direction. Hazem Omar's decision to resign from a pivotal role in the Senate and aim for the presidency underscores the significance of these elections.
Egyptians will cast their votes in the 2024 Presidential Elections on December 10, 11, and 12, 2023 domestically, while eligible voters living abroad will vote on December 1, 2, and 3, 2023, announced Head of the Egyptian National Election Authority (NEA) Walid Hamza in a press conference on Monday.
“The presidential elections will be conducted under a full judiciary supervision, so that each judge will be assigned an electoral box,” said Hamza, adding that the window of nomination for those who want to run for the six-year presidential tenure openes in the period between October 5 to 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for the last day (October 14), in which applications shall be received until 2:00 p.m.
The presidential elections will be held in 10,085 polling stations nationwide, Youm reported.
In the following lines, ET publishes Egypt’s 2024 Presidential Election Timetable:
September 25, 2023
Eligible Egyptian voters were invited to cast their votes in the presidential elections
October 5-14, 2023
Presidential candidates shall submit their nominations in this 10-day period
October 16, 2023
The initial list of candidates and the number of their supporters will be announced by the NEA and published in the state-owned Al-Akhbar and Al-Gomhuria newspapers.
October 17-18, 2023
Complaints filed by the candidates shall be received from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. over these two days.
October 19-21, 2023
The National Election Authority (NEA) shall examine and decide on the candidates' complaints
October 22, 2023
The NEA shall notify the candidates of their exclusion from the candidacy and the reasons of this exclusion
October 23-24, 2023
Excluded candidates can appeal against the exclusion decision from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
October 26, 2023:
Deciding on the candidates’ appeals
October 27-28, 2023
Referring the candidates’ appeals before the High Administrative Court.
October 29 to November 7, 2023
The High Administrative Court shall decide on the candidates’ appeals. The decision shall be published in the official gazette (Al-Waqa'i' al-Misriyya), Al-Akhbar and Al-Gomhuria newspapers.
November 8, 2023
The deadline for the candidates to withdraw from the presidential race, and choose their electoral symbols.
November 9, 2023
Names of the final candidates and their electoral symbols will be officially announced.
November 9, 2023
Election campaigning starts for all candidates
November 15, 2023
The deadline for nominees to waive their candidacy for another rival. The waivers shall be published in the official gazette, as well as Al-Akhbar and Al-Gomhuria newspapers within two days of waiving candidacy.
November 29, 2023
Election campaigns end and the electoral silence starts for voters living abroad at 12:00 a.m. on November 29.
December 1-2-3, 2023
Eligible Egyptian voters living abroad shall cast their ballots in the election from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. according to the local time of each country.
December 8, 2023
Election campaigns end and the electoral silence starts domestically from 12:00 a.m.
December 10, 11, 12, 2023
Voting process starts from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. over this three-day period.
December 13, 2023
The sorting out process will take place.
December 14, 2023,
The National Election Authority will receive appeals against the results of the sorting out process
December 15-16, 2023
Deciding on appeals submitted against results of the sorting out process
December 18, 2023
The results of the first round of elections and the number of voters will be announced and then published in the official gazette.
December 19, 2023
Election campaigning to resume for candidates in the run-off
December 19-20, 2023
Submitting complaints by candidates of the run-off
December 21-30, 2023
The High Administrative Court shall decide on the complaints submitted before it in the run-off
January 4, 2024
Election campaigning ends and the electoral silence starts for expat voters.
January 5, 6, 7, 2024
Eligible expat voters shall cast their votes from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in accordance with the local time of each country.
January 7, 2024
Election campaigning ends and the electoral silence starts domestically.
January 8, 9, 10, 2024
Election voting will start domestically from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
January 11, 2024
The sorting out process will take place and the turnout of voters will be announced.
January 12, 2024
The National Election Authority will receive appeals against the results of the sort out process in the run-off
Deciding on the appeals against the run-off results following the sort-out process
January 16, 2024
The final results of the elections will be officially announced by the National Election Authority
The constitution does not give the right for a president to run for a third term. However, constitutional amendments in 2019 stretched the presidential term to six years instead of four.
Therefore, incumbent President Sisi, who has been serving since 2014, exceptionally has the right to run for a third term until 2030.
Sisi has not announced plans to run for elections to date. However, tens of political parties and unions have announced support to his potential candidacy, including the parliamentary majority party Mostaqbal Watan.