The first Egyptian presidential election after the downfall of Hosni Mubarak’s regime will be held in early June, an official was quoted as saying on Sunday by Al-Masri Al-Yom daily. “The election will begin in early June and will end at the last week of June if a second round is needed,” said Ahmed Shamseddine, member of the electoral commission.
Candidates will have three weeks from March 1st to register, after which they will campaign for 45 days.
Last month, a committee formed to advise the military junta, in power since the departure of Mubarak had proposed holding the election on May 16, earlier than expected by the generals.
Pro-democracy activists have been protesting for months in order to advance the presidential election the military junta to leave power. They accuse the Military Council of mismanaging the transition and violating human rights.