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Egypt's parliamentary elections to be held in three stages: State TV

Ruling military council outlines measures by which the upcoming parliamentary elections will be held, without going as far as stipulating when that will be

Ahram Online , Wednesday 20 Jul 2011
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A woman casts her ballot during parliamentary elections in a school in Alexandria (Photo: Reuters)
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A spokesman for the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has announced that the upcoming parliamentary elections will take place in a three-stage process, so reports state TV. This covers both houses of Parliament: the upper Shoura Council and the lower 'People's Assembly.' 

Every two stages will be separated by a 15-day spell, during which the replay stage will take place. Appeals would be heard by court within 90 days after the results are announced.

Half of the 504 seats in the lower house will be contested only by workers and farmers.  

Egyptians will be able to vote with their national ID.  

 

As for the candidates, the minimum age for standing as a member of the Lower House has been reduced from 30 to 25 to “give youth better chances.” The minimum age for the Shura Council elections has been set at 35.

Egyptian civil society organisations will be permitted to monitor the elections while international observance will not be allowed for reasons of "sovereignty."

No date for the elections has yet been announced but the ruling military council has confirmed that the elections of both houses of Parliament would be held on the same day.

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