Egypt to hold presidential elections in March

General view of a news conference announcing Egypt's elections timetable in Cairo Egypt

Current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has not yet confirmed whether he will run for a second and final term - as per the country's constitution - but he is widely expected to.

The National Elections Commission (NEC) called on citizens to cast their votes in the presidential elections starting March 16 for Egyptians overseas for a period of three days, and from March 26 to 28 for citizens residing in Egypt.

Potential candidates would need to submit the necessary documents for their candidacy between January 20 and 29, and a one-month campaign period is to last from February 24 to March 23.

This will be Egypt's third election since the 2011 Arab Spring riots that overthrew the long rule of President Hosni Mubarak.

He stressed that the NEA is an "independent" body and that it will guarantee transparency, the application of the law and equal opportunities in the electoral process.

Lashin called on all those who meet the conditions and believe that they can bear the responsibility of running Egypt to submit their candidacy papers, so people can freely choose among them. "The provisional list of candidates and the numbers of their supporters will be published" in state-run newspapers Al Ahram and Al Akhbar on January 31, he said.

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