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Political forces reject amendments to electoral law

Numerous political parties and presidential candidates have announced their rejection of the latest amendments to the two laws aimed at regulating the upcoming elections of the two houses of parliament

Ahram Online, Sunday 24 Jul 2011
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Following a meeting at the headquarters of the Wafd Party, a group of 35 political parties and presidential candidates released a statement saying that the latest amendments to the two laws aimed at regulating the upcoming elections of the two houses of parliament, the people’s assembly and shura council, adopted a mix of two election systems, individual candidacy and party-list, which they believe will be a threat to the future of democracy and proper political practice. The amendments, the statement said, will allow remnants of the old regime to regain control of the parliament through individual candidacy voting. It will also allow for the return of the use of thuggery and bribery to gain votes.

The group's statement also noted that several amendments to the electoral law had been presented by various political parties to the Supreme Council of Armed Force (SCAF) but were ignored.

The group announced that they will wait for SCAF to change the law, and if not they will meet on 7 August to discuss the matter further.

The statement was signed by potential presidential candidates Amr Moussa, Hisham El-Bastawisy, Abdel Galeel Mustafa, member of the National Association for Change, George Ishaq, political activist and member of the Kefaya movement, as well as representatives of the Social Justice Party, Egypt Freedom Party and Masr El-Fatah Party.
 

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