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Breaking news: Parties mull two week postponement of parliamentary elections

Egypt's major political parties may be about to ask SCAF to put off the Parliamentary elections due to start Monday, by two weeks

Ahram Online, Wednesday 23 Nov 2011
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File photo: An Egyptian man casts his vote in the parliamentary elections at a polling station in the Shubra neighborhood of Cairo (Photo: AP)
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A number of major political parties are discussing calling on the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to postpone the first round of the Egyptian parliamentary elections for two weeks, sources close to the consultation told Ahram Online. The Wafd Party had floated a similar suggestion in a public statement yesterday.

According to the sources, such a proposal would imply putting off the first stage of the elections, in which polling was due to be held in 9 governorates, including Cairo and Alexandria, where Egypt's re-launched revolution is at its most powerful. On Tuesday night, early a million protesters in the revolution's epicenter in Tahrir, and tends of thousands in Alexandria fiercely rejected the concessions offered in a televised address by de facto ruler of the country, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of SCAF.

According to the time-table set by SCAF, elections were to be held in three stages, each involving polling in 9 of the country's 27 governorates, in order to guarantee the provision of full judicial supervision of the poll, as stipulated by the Constitutional Declaration currently in place pending the promulgation of a permanent constitution.

The proposed two-week postponement could thus begin with those governorates that had been slated to stage two of the elections, namely Giza, Beni Suef, Menoufiya, Sharqiya, Ismailia, Suez, Beheira, Sohag, and Aswan, while putting off the governorates of Cairo, Fayoum, Port Said, Damietta, Alexandria, Kafr El-Sheikh, Assiut, Luxor, and the Red Sea, to the very end of the polling process, effectively transforming stage one into stage three, and putting off the end of the elections of the People Assembly, the lower house of parliament, to around the end of January 2012.



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23-11-2011 10:38pm
Trusting SCAF
The best predictor of the military council's future behaviour is the military council's past behaviour, so when the military council asks for the people's trust, Egyptians need only to look at the military's past conduct and say "no" the military council can not be trusted. Trust is earned, not given. Amnesty international tell us the military council's conduct is abhorrible, no better than Mubarak. Anmesty international tells us the military council will not tolerate descent or criticism, jails critical bloggers, tortures protestors,etc. Therefore, the military council shows the Egyptian people it is not devoted towards true democracy or human rights, but is only interested in schemes to remain the real power behind a shame civilian goverment, a government with no authority over the military council.The Egyptian people deserve TRUE democracy, a civilian government that represents all factions of Egyptian society, muslims and christains, and has authority over the military. The mili
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