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Egyptian military met judges before ruling on soldiers' right to vote

A senior military official and the minister for parliamentary affairs met with the head of the High Constitutional Court on the eve of a ruling that military personnel should be able to vote

Ahram Online , Monday 3 Jun 2013
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Representatives from the High Constitutional Court met with a senior military official on the eve of the court’s decision that soldiers have the right to vote, a court spokesman has said.

Judge Maher Sami, the spokesman and deputy chairman of the High Constitutional Court, stated that Judge Maher El-Baheiry, the head of the court, met minister for parliamentary affairs Hatem Bagato and the aide for legal affairs to the minister of defence Major General Mamdouh Shahin upon their request last Monday.

According to Sami, the attendees discussed how to implement the court ruling whilst ensuring that national security is unaffected, and how to avoid any problems resulting from different interpretations of constitutional texts in this matter.  

The next day, the High Constitutional Court issued its ruling that it was unconstitutional to exempt army and police personnel from voting in national elections.

On Sunday, some Egyptian media commentators reported the meeting and demanded an explanation from the High Constitutional Court for the meeting on the eve of the court’s ruling.

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Sam Enslow
03-06-2013 04:23pm
Right Decision/Improper Behavior
I fully agree with the court's decision on allowing military and police to vote. However, it is very improper for any judge to have meetings with affected parties prior to a ruling. Judges are to be guided ONLY by the law. The consequences of their ruling should not influence their decision. If the army wanted advice, they should have been told to await the verdict. The court must be honest and appear honest, "be purer than Ceasar's wife."
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