The Wafd Party executive committee decided on Tuesday that as of next week it will accept applications from its members who wish to run for the next parliamentary and Shura Council elections.
However, the committee said it will be excluding those members who were deemed by a court ruling to have been involved in rigging the 2000 and 2005 elections.
The committee has also set several criteria for nomination, including that those running for the professionals’ seats have a university degree while members targeting the workers’ or peasants’ seats need an intermediate education degree. Each candidate will also require at least 1,000 signatures supporting their nomination from the constituency where they will be running.
Each applicant should also submit to the committee a LE3,000 deposit, which will be returned should they be rejected. The money collected will be used for the party's electoral campaign, which will support all of its running members. The committee also decided that it will present a proposal for amending law 38 of 1972, related to parliamentary elections.