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Egypt's election committee to receive appeals against list of parliamentary candidates

Citizens can also appeal to Cairo's Administrative Court if the HEC rejects their appeals

Ahram Online , Thursday 17 Sep 2015
Paperwork for nominations of potential candidates for parliamentary elections is reviewed by authorities, left, at a courthouse in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 (AP)

Egypt's High Elections Committee (HEC) announced it has started to receive appeals against its decision of which candidates to allow to stand in the upcoming elections, the committee announced on Thursday.

Any citizen can appeal including those how have been rejected. The HEC is a judicial body formed of judges from various courts.

If after appealing dissatisfied citizens remain unhappy with the HEC's decision, they will be able to appeal to Cairo's Administrative Court.

The HEC will consider appeals between 19 and 27 September before finalising its decisions regarding candidates, HEC spokesperson Omar Marwan told said at a press conference on Thursday.

The HEC announced on Wednesday its acceptance of 5420 individual candidates and nine winner-takes-all party/coalition lists for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for October and November.

The rejected parliamentary hopefuls have received letters from the HEC disclosing the reason they were rejected.

Marwan added in his meeting with journalists that 15 party/coalition lists applied to the HEC but only nine were accepted.

He also said that the party/coalition lists could amend their lists after the announcement of the final registered candidates and coalitions list.

The first round of the long-delayed parliamentary elections will be held between 17 and 28 October across 14 governorates: Giza, Fayoum, Beni Suef, Minya, Assuit, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, Aswan, New Valley, Red Sea, Beheira, Alexandria and Marsaw Matruh.

Campaigning for this first stage is scheduled for between 4 and 15 October.

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