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> Former military commander Sisi was elected in 2014, a year after he led the army to oust Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi.
Citing intimidation, rights lawyer Khaled Ali says any hope of a new start for the country has ended. He claims conditions don't allow for a fair contest. And he's not the only one. The UN and human rights group Amnesty both sounding the alarm bells. Let's meet some of the presidential hopefuls missing from the ballot papers.
Former military chief of staff, Sami Anan, was arrested this week. The army accused him of breaking the law by running for office without permission. The nephew of Egypt's former president, Muhammad Anwar el-Sadat, declined to run citing a hostile political environment. And then there's former Egyptian prime minister, Ahmed Shafik.
He returned from the UAE to face a firestorm of criticism from state aligned media. There's also speculation he was held by authorities in a Cairo hotel. In all these aborted campaigns, hopefuls say supporters faced intimidation.>>
The Egyptian electoral commission says it will ensure the vote is fair and transparent. Other candidates have until the end of the month to register. But it's not clear if any serious challengers to Sisi's power will step forward.