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Military council mulls postponing elections

Elections official says ruling military council may delay the first round of balloting in Egypt's legislative elections in Cairo and Alexandria

Ahram Online, Saturday 26 Nov 2011
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Abdel Moaz Ibrahim, head of the Supreme Commission for Elections, revealed that the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) is considering postponing the first round of balloting, in Cairo and Alexandria, in Egypt's legislative elections scheduled Monday.

Elections in other governorates would commence as planned if the poll is postponed in Alexandria and the country's capital.

Moaz said during an interview with Al-Hayat TV that 10 of the judges commissioned to supervise the elections decided to back out of their commitment, saying that elections should be put off amid the current turmoil.

Since last week, fierce clashes between anti-SCAF protesters and police forces have broken out, which saw over 40 killed and thousands injured.

Many political forces, subsequently, called for the postponement of elections until the situation is contained. The Muslim Brotherhood and its political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, widely tipped to win a large number of seats in the coming parliament, has spoken out vociferously against any delay.

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