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Egypt's Journalists Syndicate elections in limbo as authorities object over coronavirus fear

Ahram Online , Tuesday 23 Feb 2021
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File Photo: Journalists' Syndicate Headquarters, downtown Cairo (Photo: Mohamed Nada)
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Egypt's Journalists Syndicate is still pondering over whether to hold the midterm elections - initially scheduled for 5 March - or not following the rejection of the ministries of health and interior over coronavirus concerns, the Undersecretary of the Syndicate and the Head of the Elections Committee Khaled Miri announced on Tuesday.

According to Miri, the syndicate held a meeting with the ministries of health and interior about the midterm elections on Tuesday and the officials of the ministry of health objected fearing spread of the coronavirus during the general assembly as it would endanger the health of the participants in the elections.

He also revealed that the ministry of interior rejected a proposal to hold the elections in tents outside the syndicate HQ in Downtown Cairo.

The ministry of interior stated that it was committed to securing the midterm elections process at the syndicate's HQ building only if there is an insistence to hold the elections.

He also added that the syndicate’s board is waiting for a legal opinion from the State Council - Egypt's highest administrative court - before making a final decision on whether to hold the elections or not at the current time.

Earlier this week, the elections committee supervising the midterm elections, announced that there were six journalists running for the head of the syndicate’s position and 55 others running for the syndicate’s board.

Egypt has registered 178,774 cases of coronavirus since the outbreak began in February including 10,404 fatalities and 138,183 recoveries

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