Egypt’s elections authority has announced that a presidential vote is scheduled to take place from December 10 to December 12. It is widely anticipated that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, aged 68, will secure reelection. Al-Sisi is eligible to run for a third term as a result of constitutional amendments made in 2019, which also extended presidential terms from four to six years, potentially allowing him to remain in office until at least 2030.
Election results are expected to be announced on December 23 and, in the event of a run off round, final results should be announced on January 16 at the latest, the election authority said.
Though al-Sisi has not formally announced his candidacy, pro-government parties have started a campaign including billboards around Cairo backing his reelection.
Al-Sisi was declared winner of both the 2014 and 2018 elections with 97 percent of the vote.
Four other candidates have expressed an intention to run this time, most prominently a former member of parliament, Ahmed Eltantawy.
Former army chief al-Sisi became president in 2014, the year after he led the overthrow of Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, following protests against Mursi’s rule.