Monday, January 8, 2018

Egypt’s Presidential elections 2018 : The shortest uninteresting elections ever !!

Egypt’s National Elections Authority “NEA” declared in a press conference in Cairo on Monday that the upcoming presidential elections in 2018 will be in March. “Yes in March”.
Egypt is going to have presidential elections on 26,27 and 28 March with one month of the Presidential elections campaign only.

The NEA declared the timetable for the upcoming presidential elections as published in the official gazette :

  • From 20 to 29 January, the NEA will receive the request for nominations in its headquarter in Downtown Cairo according to the Constitution and Presidential elections law of 2017.
  • On 31 January , the NEA will publish a preliminary list of the candidates in Egypt’s State-owned Al-Ahram and Al-Akhbar newspapers as well the number of endorsement they receive from their supporters whether through the notary offices or through the MPs in the parliament.
  • On 6 February, the NEA will declare the names of the disqualified candidates if any and the reasons behind their disqualification.
  • On 7 February, the NEA will receive the complaints and appeals against the disqualifications if any.
  • On 9th February, the NEA will rule on the complaints
  • On 23rd February, the NEA will declare the final list of official Presidential candidates.
  • From 24th February to 23rd March, the official Presidential candidates will have their presidential campaigns.
  • From 14th March to 15th March, there will be elections silence for Egyptians abroad.
  • From 16th March to 18th March, the presidential elections will be held for Egyptians abroad
  • From 24th March to 25th March, the elections silence will be held inside the country.
  • From 26th March to 28th March, the Presidential elections will be held inside the country.
  • On 2nd April, the winner will be announced if there are no runoffs. {Spoilers: We already know who he is }
  • From 19th April to 21st April, the second round of voting will be held for Egyptians abroad if there are runoffs
  • From 24th April to 26th April, the second round of voting will be held for Egyptians inside the country if there are runoffs
  • On 1st of May 2018, the NEA will declare the winner and the new President of Egypt {Spoilers: We already know who he is going to and the first letter in his name is Abdel Fattah El-Sisi }
Of course, the winner in the Presidential elections must have 50%+1 of the votes.
Are not these the shortest presidential elections ever ??
Egypt's NEA in Cairo
We are speaking about officially about one month for presidential campaigning !?

In what kind of universe, a true and serious rival to the president in the office will stand a chance to convince the majority of more than 50 million voters in a country like Egypt with the current Sisi’s administration control over media?
Al-Ahly Sports club had more interesting elections than these for real !!!
Those presidential elections are considered the first to be surprised and organized by the newly founded National elections authority in accordance with the Constitution.
Interestingly, the NAC law which was approved in summer will put an end to the full judicial supervision of the elections by 2024.
Thanks to human rights lawyer Ahmed El-Gadamy’s tweet about the Presidential elections regulations law of 2014, we know that according to article no.36 El-Sisi can be declared as the upcoming president on the conditions that there are no other presidential candidates “or they withdraw” and he got at least 5% of eligible votes.
If he does not get that percentage, there will be new presidential elections within 15 days.
I will quote journalist and TV host Tamer Abu Arab said sarcastically on Twitter after the announcement of the NEA because it is the best description of these elections.
“Oh Yes !! Let’s go back to the time of the beautiful referendums !! No need for elections !! We want to build our country !!”

I said it before, Al-Ahly Sports Club’s elections were much interesting, freer and transparent than the Egyptian Presidential elections.

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