Egypt parliament committee approves House draft law

Gamal Essam El-Din , Monday 8 Jun 2020

The draft law states that 50 percent of parliament's seats will be elected via the individual system and 50 percent through the list system. Gamal Essam El-Din reports

File photo: Egypt’s Parliament approved by majority vote in a general session on Tuesday amendments to some provisions of the Income Tax Law AP

Egypt's parliamentary legislative and constitutional affairs committee approved on Monday amendments to the law regulating the formation and election of the House of Representatives (law 46/2014).

The committee also approved two draft bills on the exercise of political rights (law 45/2014) and the performance of the National Election Committee (law 198/2017).

The amendments were drafted and submitted by the parliamentary majority ‘Support Egypt’ coalition on Sunday.

The amendments of the first law state that the number of the House's elected MPs shall stand at 568, instead of 540, and in line with Article 102 of Egypt's 2019 amended constitution.

"Fifty percent of this number (284 MPs) will be elected via the individual system, and 50 percent (284 MPs) will be elected through the closed list system," said Article 3, adding that "25 percent of the total number of the House's seats shall be reserved for women, and the president shall be authorised to appoint no more than 5 percent of the total."

Article 4 states that the individual candidacy system will be implemented in a number of districts, while the closed list system will be in application in four districts, two of which will elect 84 MPs (42 each) and two will elect 200 MPs (100 each).

"A law regulating the drawing of electoral districts will be passed to show in detail the size, seats and components of each district," said Article 4.

The amendments of the two laws on the exercise of political rights and the National Election Committee (NEC) state that the NEC shall decide on appeals filed on the results of the election within 24 hours and in doing so it shall observe the requirements of integrity, neutrality and fairness of the ballot process.

The Legislative Committee approved on Sunday a draft bill on the formation and election of the Senate. The bill will set up a 300-member Senate, one-third of which will be elected via the closed list system, one-third through the individual system, and the last third will be named by the president of the public.

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