Voting in Egypt Presidential Election to Be Held May 23, 24

Egyptians at home will vote in the country’s first presidential ballot since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak on May 23 and May 24, the head of the elections commission said.

The final result will be announced on June 21, Farouk Soltan, the chairman of the Supreme Committee for Presidential Elections said in a press conference in Cairo. Egyptians living abroad will vote from May 11 until May 17, he said.

The timing of the ballot, one of the last steps in the transition to civilian rule, has been the focus of political wrangling. The ruling military council, which took interim rule from Mubarak, has previously only said that the vote would be held before the end of June. Activists who accuse the ruling generals of mismanaging the transition have called on the generals to speed up the handover of power.

Presidential candidates will have from March 10 to April 8 to register, the commission said on Feb. 19. Campaigning will start on April 30 and end on May 20, Soltan said today. If needed, local runoffs will be held on June 16 and 17, he said.

In a poll of Egyptians released last month by Gallup Middle East & Africa, 86 percent said they planned to vote though a majority said they didn’t know for whom. Amre Moussa, the former head of the Arab League, led the poll with 17 percent of votes.

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