The presidential race is currently in the midst of an interesting phase: the window to present objections to candidates. During this period the candidates can file objections to their opponents’ candidacies (on “legitimate” grounds of course), with the goal of having the PEC disqualify their competitors from the race. The window for filing objections closes tomorrow, after which the PEC will rule (either Saturday or Sunday) on which candidates have been excluded due to “legitimate objections”.
These are the objections that have been raised thus far:
Abul-Ezz El-Hariri, who is running on the Socialist Popular Alliance Party’s ticket, filed an appeal against MB candidate Khairat Al-Shater on the grounds that Al-Shater’s pardon was invalid. If the pardon is overturned, Al-Shater will be ineligible to run because Egyptian law prohibits presidential candidates with a criminal record. Fearing a negative outcome to the case, the Brotherhood nominated a second candidate, Mohamed Morsi, in the event that Al-Shater is disqualified. Recent events seem to be in Al-Shater’s favor, however, as the judge presiding over the case recused himself due to preexisting bias.
Ahmed Mohamed Awad Ali, who is running on the National Egypt Party’s ticket, filed an objection to Mortada Mansour, who is running on the same party’s ticket. Awad claims that Mansour’s nomination is illegal.
Hossam Khairallah, who is running on the Peace Democratic Party’s ticket, filed 8 objections yesterday against 8 different candidates. They are:
Ashraf Barouma (Kanana Party); Mohamed Fawzy Eissa (Democratic Generation Party); Abu-Ezz El-Hariri (SPAP); Hisham El-Bastawisi (Tagammu Party); Abdullah El-Ashaal (Asalah Party); Mamdouh Helmy Kotb (Civilisation Party); Hussam El-Din Khairat (Arab Socialist Party); and Ayman Nour (Ghad El-Thawra Party).
Khairallah contends that these candidates were nominated by political parties that are not represented in parliament (candidates can only be nominated by parties that hold seats in the People’s Assembly). He argues that, though the parties are part of a coalition that is represented in parliament, the independent parties themselves are not, and therefore cannot endorse individual candidates.
In its announcement yesterday, the PEC noted that, in addition to the objections above, a large number of objections have been registered by citizens. The PEC emphasized, though, that article 14 of law 174 (2005) stipulates that the right to object is limited to other candidates, and therefore these objections will not be considered.