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Egypt sets March 26 to March 8 as presidential election date

09 January 2018

Egypt's 2018 presidential elections will kick off on March 26, National Electoral Commission announced on Monday.

Sisi said in November that the 2018 presidential elections would be held in March or April as scheduled, stressing that he will not seek to change the constitutional limit of two four-year presidential terms, thus ruling out a third presidential term for himself.

In case of runoff, he added, polls will be held from April 19-21 for expatriates and on April 24-26 in Egypt.

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However in the case of a run off, a second round of voting will be held on April 19, 20, and 21 for expats overseas and on 24, 25, and 26 April for voters within Egypt.

First-round results of the election in March will be announced on 2 April and, in the event of a run-off, on 1 May.

Incumbent Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has not yet said whether he will run for reelection but for the moment there are no candidates that could challenge him successfully.

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President El-Sisi has not yet announced if he intends to run for re-election, though others have announced their candidacies, including prominent human rights lawyer Khaled Ali in November 2017.

"I have realized that I would not be the ideal person to run the state affairs during the coming period".

However, he announced on Sunday his final decision not to run for the presidential elections. Upon his arrival, Shafiq said that he had 'the chance to investigate more and see exactly what is needed' in Egypt prior to announcing his final stance.

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Egypt sets March 26 to March 8 as presidential election date