Egypt will hold a presidential vote on December 10-12, the elections authority said on Monday, with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi widely expected to win reelection.
Al-Sisi, 68, can stand for a third term due to constitutional amendments in 2019 that also extended the length of presidential terms to six years from four, opening the way for him to stay in office until at least 2030.
Election results are expected to be announced on December 23 and, in the event of a run off round, final results should be announced on January 16 at the latest, the election authority said.
Though al-Sisi has not formally announced his candidacy, pro-government parties have started a campaign including billboards around Cairo backing his reelection.
Al-Sisi was declared winner of both the 2014 and 2018 elections with 97 percent of the vote.
Four other candidates have expressed an intention to run this time, most prominently a former member of parliament, Ahmed Eltantawy.
Former army chief al-Sisi became president in 2014, the year after he led the overthrow of Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, following protests against Mursi’s rule.