The PEC recently released an extensive, 33 page document, justifying its decision to disqualify Sheikh Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail. This release was likely prompted by the violent protests by supporters of Abu-Ismail following the decision by the PEC to uphold its initial ruling.
The document is in Arabic, but for the benefit of our English audience, we’ve translated some of the key findings:
Sheikh Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail
March 30, 2012: Abu-Ismail submits his candidacy papers for president
March 31, 2012: The PEC sends a letter to the Department of Immigration and Nationality inquiring about Abu-Ismail’s nationality as well as that of his family. In this letter the PEC also requests information on Dr. Abul-Fotouh, who had submitted his candidacy papers the day prior.*
* As the document below illustrates, the PEC made this same request for the 5 candidates who, at this point, had already submitted, as well as all of the candidates who submitted afterwards.
April 4, 2012: The PEC receives a response letter stating that a Ms. Nawal Abdul Aziz Nour (presumably Abu-Ismail’s mother) had entered and exited Egypt on a US passport (#500611598). The letter includes a copy of the original document:
On the same day the Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides the PEC with an application by a Ms. Nawal Abdul Aziz Nour for a US passport:
The bar-code enlarged in the image above shows that the passport number on the application matches the number of the Ms. Nour that had entered and exited Egypt.
April 6, 2012: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs submits a formal request to the US State Department inquiring as to whether Ms. Nour is a US citizen. In its reply the State Department confirms “that an individual named Nawal Abdelaziz Nour, who was born on November 3, 1946, was naturalized as a US citizen on October 25, 2006*:
* Note: The government did not publicize the State Department’s response until April 12, 2012
April 8, 2012: The PEC receives another letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stating that the Ministy had received a copy of a Voter Registration Application for Ms. Nour to vote in Los Angeles County:
In the Voter Registration Application (pictured below) Ms. Nour affirms in the top right that she is an American citizen:
Lastly, the PEC confirmed that the information for the Ms. Nour in question matched that of the Ms. Nour that Abu-Ismail had claimed as his mother:
April 11, 2012: Based on the information above, the PEC disqualifies Abu-Ismail on the grounds that his mother held US citizenship.