CAIRO: Egypt’s presidential election will be held over two days starting May 23, the state election committee said on Wednesday, as the country’s military rulers prepare to hand power to civilians after last year’s overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.
The committee’s head Farouk Sultan told a media conference that Egyptians abroad will be allowed to cast their absentee ballots from May 11 to May 17.
A run-off vote will take place on June 16 and 17 and final results will be released on June 21, Sultan said.
The military has faced street protests and widespread demands that it hand power to civilians sooner than the end-June deadline that it had set itself.
Sultan added that there would be no international monitoring of the presidential election, the first since an uprising in February 2011 ousted Mubarak, the country’s dictator of 30 years, and left power in the hands of the military.