Egypt has announced that the country will hold a presidential election on 10-12 December 2023, after originally being due to take place in 2024, with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi widely expected to win a third term.
According to the authorities, the list of candidates is to be finalized by 9 November and the electoral campaign will take place from 9 to 29 November.
The electorate would vote from December 1-3.
Constitutional amendments have made sure that candidates can compete for four terms, with an extended serving duration of six years for each term.
The winner is expected to be announced on 18 December, the elections authority said, adding that, in the event of a run-off round, final results would be announced on 16 January.
Most notable among the four candidates who have so far expressed an intention to run in the upcoming election is former lawmaker Ahmed Tantawy. But it has not been easy for the opposition.
Tantawy has reported that security forces have arrested some of his associates and prevented him from holding election-related events.
Egypt is currently suffering a severe economic crisis that has seen the currency lose half its value against the dollar, record inflation, and foreign currency shortages.