Egyptian court accepts electoral coalition appeal against HEC rejection

Ahram Online , Tuesday 22 Sep 2015

The State Council's administrative court accepted an appeal by an electoral coalition, the Egyptian Front and the Independence Current, against a decision to prevent them from running its candidates in one of the constituencies in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Al-Ahram's Arabic news website reported that the coalition had appealed a decision by the High Elections Committee to not allow their candidates to compete for the 45 seats in Cairo's, South and Middle Delta constituency.

The coalition, whose head and legal representative is Ahmed Fadali from the Independance Current, has supported the ouster of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

The coalition's appeal argued that the HEC had no legal justification for rejecting the coalition's candidates, since all applicants had submitted their complete credentials.

In a statement, the HEC mentioned several reasons for its decision, including the submitting of credentials after the deadline, documents not being in the required formats, and incomplete files.

The State Council's administrative court is the sole body responsible for adjudicating electoral appeals. The court began looking at appeals from rejected candidates on 19 September and will conclude its decisions on 27 September. 

The HEC's spokesperson Omar Marawan has said that they will implement any court decision concerning the appeals, Al-Ahram's Arabic news website reported Thursday.

Party coalitions are competing in four constituencies via closed party-lists. The total number of seats available to party-lists is 120, with another 448 available to independent candidates.

The Egyptian Front and Independence Current list was approved to run in the West Delta constituency, where 15 seats are available.

Elections are scheduled to take place between 17 October and 2 December. 

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