The Supreme Presidential Election Committee (SPEC) for the Egyptian presidency uphold its earlier disqualification of ten of the 23 candidates for the presidency, including the three candidates that appealed the decision the SPEC reached on Saturday. A source in the committee told Reuters News Agency Tuesday evening that the appeals of ex-spy chief Omar Suleiman, the popular Salafist lawyer Hazem Abu Ismail and the Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat al Shater, had been rejected because nothing new was offered in their requests.
Abu Ismail was ruled out because his mother held US citizenship, the
commission said, though he has fiercely denied this and has accused the
authorities of conspiring against him. Suleiman, one of Hosni Mubarak's closest aides and his deputy in his
last days in power, had been ruled out because he had too few of the
voter endorsements candidates are required to present, according to the
state news agency Mena.(Al-Ahram Online reported that a source in the SPEC told the paper that approximately half of Suleiman's signature petitions had been forged).
Al-Shater had been disqualified because of a past criminal
conviction. Like many other Brotherhood leaders, Al-Shater had spent
time behind bars for his association with a group that was officially
outlawed under Mubarak. The Muslim Brotherhood said on Tuesday that Mohamed Mursi, the head
of the group's political party, will run as its candidate in Egypt's
presidential elections if Al-Shater is disqualified.
Egypt Independent reported that the committee also upheld its disqualification
of Ayman Nour, a liberal who came a distant second to Mubarak in the
2005 presidential election. Nour, founder of the Ghad Al-Thawra Party, was excluded for
having been convicted in 2005 on charges of falsifying party
establishment documents.The commission also barred Mortada Mansour and Ahmed Awad al-Saidi
from running due to a dispute for the presidency of Egypt National
Party, as well as former intelligence officer Mamdouh Qutb, who was
running under the Al-Hadara Party, because the party had no
representatives in Parliament. Ashraf Baroma was excluded when the commission found out that he had
evaded his military service, Ibrahim al-Ghareeb was barred for failing
to collect the required endorsements and for carrying American
citizenship, and Hossam Khairallah for running under the Egyptian Arab
Socialist Party, whose presidency is also contested.