Egyptian MP Mostafa Bakri on Saturday elaborated on the statements he made about holding the Egyptian presidential elections before the end of this year.
Bakri indicated in a tweet on that the elections to be held this year are actually a constitutional entitlement not “early,” as he mentioned earlier.
“The truth is that the date of the presidential elections that will take place this year is based on the second paragraph of Article 140 of the constitution, which stipulates that the election of the President of the Republic be held at least 120 days before the end of the presidential term, and the result must be announced 30 days before the end of this tenure,” he said.
Bakri explained that the results of the 2018 presidential elections were announced in April of the same year, which means that the presidential elections must be held before the end of this year based on the constitutional text.
He confirmed that the upcoming presidential elections will be held under judicial supervision, which will practically end in January, noting the need to hold elections before this date.
Bakri’s new tweet came as an explanation for his announcement on Friday evening that “early” presidential elections will take place in Egypt before the end of this year, instead of the previous date that was scheduled for the middle of upcoming year.
“The Egyptian state has decided that there will be presidential elections before the end of this year,” Bakri said in his show “Facts and Secrets” broadcast on “Sada al-Balad” TV channel.
“The Egyptian state is exposed to malicious campaigns and rumors… the upcoming presidential elections will be under full judicial supervision,” he added.