Egypt may hold 'early' parliament elections in October: source

Ahram Online , Friday 31 Jul 2020

The five-year parliamentary term ends in January 2021

File photo of the Egyptian House of Representatives

Egypt may hold an early election for the House of Representatives in October instead of November as previously scheduled, parliamentary sources told Akhbar Al-Youm newspaper on Friday.

The five-year parliamentary term ends in January 2021.

The new parliament must be elected in the sixty days preceding that date, in accordance with the Article 106 of the constitution.

Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal said previously that the elections would be held in November 2020.

"There is a proposal being considered currently to bring the date of next House of Representatives elections forward to October instead of the previous announced date in November," Akhbar Al-Youm reported on Friday.

At its next session on 16 August, the house is set to discuss the recent amendments to the electoral districts ‎law for the coming parliament elections, according to the sources.

The election of the House of Representatives will be preceded by elections for the newly established Senate, which was created as part of the 2019 constitutional amendments.

Egypt’s previous upper house, the Shura Council, was abolished in 2014. Its role was largely advisory.

The country is set to hold Senate elections on 11-12 August, with Egyptians living abroad scheduled to vote two days earlier, on 8 and 9 August.

The results of the first round of voting will be announced on 19 August. Second round votes will be on 8-9 September.

The results will be announced on 16 September.

According to Egypt’s National Election Authority (NEA), up to 787 candidates have registered to stand in the Senate elections.

One third of the 300 seats will be elected via the individual candidacy system, another third through the closed party list system, and the final third will be appointed by the president.

The terms will last five years.

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