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Electoral committee sets budget limit for electoral campaigns

The use of religious or ethnic slogans also been banned

Ahram Online, Monday 17 Oct 2011
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Egyptian politicians can only spend half a million pounds on their electoral campaigns, and a maximum of LE4 million on each electoral list, the High Electoral Committee has announced today.

The committee has also banned the use of indecent, religious or ethnic-based slogans. Violations will result in a 15-year prison sentence.

The regulations provide a framework for the first post-Mubarak parliamentary elections, which will start on 28 November.

The use of religious slogans has been a hotly debated issue for a number of years. The Muslim Brotherhood previously ran using the famous slogan "Islam is the solution.” When the use of religious slogans was banned during the final years of the Mubarak regime, it was replaced with, “We want the wellbeing of everyone" for the 2010 parliamentary elections.

The Brotherhood's political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, is currently in discussions with the Democratic Alliance about which campaign slogan they will use in the upcoming elections. The Alliance is made up of 30 political parties which are expected to enter the elections with a joint candidate list.

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