Commissioners say articles regulating parliament elections 'unconstitutional'

Ahram Online , Sunday 22 Feb 2015

The final say on the constitutionality of the parliamentary election laws will be determined by the Supreme Constitutional Court this week

Egyptian parliament
Egyptian parliament (Photo:Reuters)

The Supreme Constitutional Court’s Board of Commissioners determined on Saturday that several articles in the laws regulating parliamentary elections are unconstitutional, Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The Board submitted its report the to 12-judge panel to rule.

The advisory board issued its recommendations report after reviewing six lawsuits brought against the House of Representative Law, Political Rights Law and Parliamentary Constituencies Law.

The Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) will convene on Sunday to discuss the constitutionality of those laws. 

The SCC is mandated to make its final verdict regarding the appeals before 25 February 2015. 

If SCC that the House of Representatives law, political rights law and parliamentary constituencies law are unconstitutional, it is expected that the upcoming parliamentary elections would be delayed until these laws are amended. 

The first round of parliamentary elections in Egypt is set to start on 21 March.

The Higher Elections Committee (HEC) will announce a preliminary list of candidates later on Sunday.

According to HEC spokesperson Omar Marwan, the number of parliamentary candidates is expected to reach a total of between 7,500 and 8,000, or maybe more.

Egypt's new parliament will comprise 567 MPs, with 420 independents and 120 party-based deputies. As many as 27 MPs appointed by the president.


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