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Egypt presidency respects court ruling, refers electoral law to constitutional court

The presidency assures its respect for the constitution and rule of law, after Egypt's Administrative Court requests halting elections until electoral law is referred back to the High Constitutional Court

Ahram Online, Wednesday 6 Mar 2013
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President of Egypt Mohammed Morsi,
President of Egypt Mohammed Morsi (Photo: AP)

The Egyptian presidency "respects the Administrative Court's ruling to suspend lower house elections and [its decision to] refer the elections law back to the Constitutional Court," according to a statement released on the presidency's official Twitter account on Wednesday.

The presidential statement comes hours after Egypt's Administrative Court overturned a presidential decree that set parliamentary elections on 22 April, after referring Egyptian electoral legislation to the High Constitutional Court (HCC), questioning the constitutionality of the newly-drafted law.

"The presidency reaffirms its respect for Egypt's constitution, rule of law and separation of powers," read the statement via Twitter. 

On 18 February, the High Constitutional Court rejected five articles in the recently drafted electoral law set to regulate the post-constitution parliamentary elections.

The law was referred back to the Shura Council (Egypt's upper house of parliament) for amendments, after which the legislative body partially amended the legislation without referring it back to the HCC.

President Mohamed Morsi then issued a decree declaring that parliamentary polls would be held in late April.

The Administrative Court ruled that the Shura Council, which is currently endowed with legislative authority, should have referred the law back to the HCC before ratifying it to ensure the constitutionality of the amendments.

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07-03-2013 11:37pm
Lost the Plot - part 2 - abdulrahman & Neo
I am a dual national, in my country of origin, as in Egypt, I take the right to vote very seriously, and I have never previously considered boycotting in any election. With this background, I was initially very anti-boycott, however in this case, I believe the Constitution has many faults particularly pertaining to the electoral laws, this is the main reason that the NSF is boycotting, they do not want to legitimize this process which if and when, it goes to the vote, could be declared illegal by the courts, I.E then we have a repeat of the process at a vast expense to a struggling economy. The government overseeing the process is also a problem, as they proved themselves to be ineffective to put it mildly, and some of the ministers who will have a big influence over the election are of concern. The point of the electoral law that I really feel is unfair is the electoral divisions, it gives a big advantage to the FJP. So after, understanding and agreeing with the NSF about these points
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Abdur Razzaque
07-03-2013 01:09pm
An wise decision
Thanks to the President Morsi for his wise decision. Hope Egypt and the Egyptian nation will soon be able to recover from the unwanted and instigating crisis.
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07-03-2013 09:17am
the boycott is dirty
opposites want to destroy egypt the box is judge no bullying
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07-03-2013 06:19am
Respect for law and constitution.
Dr. Morsy and his government has shown political maturity that was needed during this particular phase of Egyptian revolution. It is rather sad for me to see all the violence being played out in the streets of Egypt. The old elite still continues to make trouble while the new tries to control that trouble using the same old institutions. However, both the NSF and Ikhwan have shown restraint. This is very reassuring, correct? Please forgive my naive American comments.
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Roslyn Ann
06-03-2013 07:41pm
Lost the plot!
This President has lost the plot - sorry.....I have to say it......POWER at any cost! The NSF wins the day! At first for me 'boycott' was a dirty word, a few weeks ago after, actually studying rather than just following the media and 'statements', it was obvious why they were doing it, now perhaps all of those who keep saying the 'NSF boycott was because they thought they could not win' might keep their lips sealed. If the election goes ahead, with this electoral law, it will face the same fate, as the last one - end of story!
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07-03-2013 05:42pm
Lost the Plot
Roslyn ! Even when the electoral is validated by the courts, NSF and allies will still boycott the elections. They know for certain they are going to suffer a terrible drubbing. The courts will continue to find reasons to invalidate the electoral laws and looks like Egypt will not have an election within a few months or even more. It is quite odd for the court to declare the electoral law as unconstitutional. Such ruling can only prevail on the grounds that the electoral law are " ultra vires " the latest constitutional document.
06-03-2013 09:46pm
Missing the Point
I think you've missed the point. The article says that the president will respect the courts ruling. I agree that the Shura Council should have referred the amended articles back to the court, but if the SCC blesses the amended law, what excuse does the NSF have to boycott.

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