President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi has submitted his nomination documents to Egypt’s election commission, a day after a potentially serious challenger was arrested over criminal allegations.
El-Sisi did not submit the documents in person, leaving a representative to do that on Wednesday.
Images released by his office showed workers taking out of the back of a van boxes bearing the president’s image and the phrase “long live Egypt!” el-Sisi’s trademark slogan.
The boxes contained “recommendations” from voters who want el-Sisi to run for a second, four-year term in the March 26-28 vote. Under the constitution, would-be candidates must obtain 25,000 recommendations from voters or secure the support of 20 elected lawmakers to qualify to run.
The military on Tuesday arrested former chief of staff Sami Annan over allegations of forgery and breaching military rules.
Sisi, who won an election in a landslide in 2014 after leading the army in ousting Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi a year earlier, becomes the first candidate to register officially for the election set for March 26-28.