Mubarak-era politician, steel tycoon and ex-convict Ahmed Ezz could try to run again in the upcoming parliamentary elections, a High Elections Commission (HEC) official told the media on Sunday.
“Any candidates who were excluded from parliamentary elections [prior to the election’s postponement] now have the right to nominate themselves, if they meet the necessary criteria,” said HEC spokesperson Omar Marwan during a phone interview on Sunday night with the “Yahdoth fi Masr” (Happens in Egypt) show, broadcast on the privately owned satellite channel MBC Egypt, the privately owned newspaper Al-Shorouk reported.
Speaking directly about Ezz’s case, Marwan said that the former politician would be able to submit a nomination for the commission to review, despite prior bans.
Marwan’s interview came after the HEC announced the rules, regulations and schedules for the 2015 parliamentary elections, which are slated to take place over two rounds in October and November after being postponed several times.
Ezz — former secretary general of toppled President Hosni Mubarak’s dissolved National Democratic Party — was accused of orchestrating vote-rigging and electoral fraud in the 2010 parliamentary elections. He was subsequently banned from running in the 2012 parliamentary elections.
Then, when the call to apply for candidacy in this year’s elections first opened in February 2015, Ezz was again disqualified by election officials in the Nile Delta governorate of Monufiya. At the time, Ezz argued that his exclusion would violate the “beautiful values” of the 2011 revolution. His wife Shahinaz al-Naggar — also a former parliamentarian and NDP member — then nominated herself in his stead.
Ezz is also one of several Mubarak-era officials who was recently released from prison after courts overturned prior convictions on corruption and money laundering charges.
The aspiring MP’s eponymous company, Ezz Steel, was among the top-paying corporate sponsors for the New Suez Canal opening ceremonies on August 6.