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Preparations for Egypt's parliamentary elections ‎will begin soon: HEC

The higher election committee said it would start preparations for parliamentary elections, which have been postponed since 2013 due to legal obstacles

Gamal Essam El-Din , Tuesday 14 Jul 2015
Parliament building
Egyptian house of Parliament in downtown Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
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A nine-member judicial body in charge of ‎supervising Egypt's upcoming parliamentary elections ‎held a meeting Monday to begin preparing for potential ‎polls.

Ayman Abbas, chairman of Cairo's Appeals ‎Court and head of the Higher Election Committee ‎‎(HEC), said the committee will remainin session ‎over the next few days until a timeline for elections is ‎announced.‎

According to HEC's spokesman, Omar Marwan, ‎the meetings come after the electoral ‎constituencies law, necessary for paving the way for ‎the elections, was ratified by president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

"We hope ‎that two other laws which regulate formation of house of ‎representatives, and the exercise of [voting] rights will also be ratified soon so that the committee can set a ‎timeline for the new polls," Marwan said in a press ‎conference on Monday.‎

Marwan also indicated that President El-Sisi must ‎also issue a decree on HEC's new make-up.

‎‎"As some members of the committee have reached ‎the retirement age, the decree will come to ‎announce the names of its new judicial members."

HEC's members met Monday with ‎representatives from more than 30 foreign ‎embassies in Cairo. Marwan explained that the meeting ‎reviewed the roles of HEC and its affiliated ‎committees, the procedures necessary to ensure ‎the integrity of the polls, and the necessity of active participation of civil society organisations and ‎the media in supervising the polls. ‎

Marwan stressed that HEC's Secretariat General ‎will be in charge of the final details on ‎the election process before a timeline is announced.‎

Egypt's parliamentary elections – the last part of a ‎political roadmap that has been adopted after the ‎ousting of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi ‎‎in July of 2013 – were postponed after two election laws were ruled ‎unconstitutional last March.‎

Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Transitional ‎Justice, Ibrahim Al-Heneidy, told reporters that a new ‎timeline for the elections is expected after ‎the end of the holy month of Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr next ‎week.

"When all constitutional and legal measures ‎are finalised, it will be necessary for HEC to ‎set a timeline," said Heneidy, adding that he hopes that "if ‎everything goes okay, Egypt's parliamentary ‎elections will be held in September."‎

According to article 115 of the 2014 constitution, ‎Egypt's parliament must convene before the first ‎Thursday of the month of October.‎

Although most of Egypt's political parties have ‎complained that the new election laws, especially ‎the one on electoral constituencies, will not help to create "an inclusive parliament", they stressed ‎they would not boycott the polls.‎

President El-Sisi has urged non-Islamist political parties ‎to form a single electoral coalition capable of winning ‎a majority in the coming parliament.‎

Egypt's parliament-to-be will comprise 596 deputies, ‎the highest in the country's 150-year-old parliamentary ‎life.

The constituencies' law states that as many as ‎‎448 MPs will be elected as independents, 120 as ‎party-based deputies, and 28 as presidential ‎appointees.‎

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