CAIRO: The High Presidential Elections Committee (HPEC) will commit to a court ruling banning Muslim Brotherhood members from running for president once it is enforceable after any possible appeal, a source in the HPEC told Youm7 Tuesday.
Alexandria Court for Urgent Matters ruled Tuesday that HPEC cannot accept current or former Brotherhood members’ bids for presidential or parliamentary elections, according to several news outlets.
The HPEC spokesperson said it has not been officially notified of the court’s ruling, according to Shorouk News.
Presidential candidates are allowed to officially nominate themselves at the HPEC until April 20. Presidential elections are scheduled for May 26-27 in Egypt, and May 15-18 for Egyptians living abroad.
The case was filed by lawyer Tareq Mahmoud, whom Youm7 reported as pleading before the court that it is “unreasonable” to accept candidates belonging to the Brotherhood after it was declared a terrorist by the interim government in December, and by a court ruling in February.
The protests of June 30 revealed “the ugly face and terrorism of the Muslim Brotherhood and the other extremist groups and political parties supporting it,” the petition of the case read, according to the BBC.
In an interview with Al-Arabiya, Mahmoud claimed that the Brotherhood is planning to nominate former President Mohamed Morsi as president on April 20 and collect the required 25,000 petitions in one day to “embarrass” the regime, rather than to compete for the post.