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Journalists' syndicate should proceed with elections: Egypt State Commissioner's Authority

Egypt's State Commissioner recommends that the journalists' syndicate proceed with elections after a group of journalists tried to stop them through the court system

Ahram Online , Monday 17 Oct 2011

The State Commissioner’s Authority - one of the levels through which cases are passed through in Egypt's court system, but only gives recommendations - has issued it's recommendation regarding the journalists' syndicate elections battle.

Minority members from the journalists' syndicate, who are viewed to be mostly members of or sympathetic with the old regime, resisted their general assembly's call for elections. They claim that the call for elections are illegal.

The dissenters brought the case to an administrative court, which cancelled the elections on the basis that the general assembly was nullified and, therefore, elections were null.

The case was passed through for review to the State Commissioner Authority, which agreed that the elections should not be cancelled and should go forward.

The State Commissioner Authority’s recommends, furthermore, that journalists' syndicate can hold their elections as soon as Friday, 21 October, 2011, pending the approval of the State Council - the highest instance with ruling authority in Egypt's administative judicial system.

The syndicate of journalists was originally to hold its elections last Friday, 14 October.

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