Mahmoud Fawzi, the secretary-general of Egypt's parliament, told reporters on Sunday that the house will hold reception parties for newly elected MPs this week.
"New MPs, either elected via the individual candidacy system or through the party lists, will get reception parties this week when they come to get their parliamentary membership cards," said Fawzi.
He explained that due to the anti-coronavirus protective measures, the reception parties will be stretched over six days, beginning on 22 December and ending on 29 December.
"We are keen that when new MPs come to receive their membership cards and parliamentary bags that there will be no over-crowdedness, and that all observe social distancing measures," said Fawzi.
He indicated that reception parties will be held at parliament's pharaonic hall between 10am and 5pm.
Party list MPs will be the first to receive their membership cards, with 100 party list MPs from Cairo, and North, Middle, and South Delta due to arrive on Tuesday 22 December; followed by another 100 from North, Middle, and Upper Egypt on Wednesday 23 December; and then another 84 from Eastern and Western Delta on Thursday 24 December.
Reception parties will be held for individual MPs beginning 27 December, with 90 MPs from the governorates of Cairo, Giza, Qalioubiya, Alexandria and Matrouh being the first to receive their membership cards. Followed by a batch of 108 from the governorates of Port Said, Ismailiya, Suez, Sharqiya, Daqahliya, Damietta, Gharbiya, Menoufiya, Beheira, and Kafr El-Sheikh on Monday 28 December.
On Tuesday 29 December, the last 86 MPs from the governorates of Fayoum, Beni Suef, Minya, Assiut, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, Aswan, El-Wadi El-Gedid, the Red Sea, North Sinai, and South Sinai will also receive their membership cards.
Fawzi indicated that before they receive their membership cards, newly elected MPs will have to fill in registration papers that "should include personal information and the names of two parliamentary committees they wish to join."
Egypt's two-stage parliamentary elections concluded on 8 December, with 567 seats filled. The election for the seat of the Deir Moas district in Minya was postponed for judicial reasons.
President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is expected to name 28 appointees — 5 per cent of the total seats — in the next few days, thus bringing the number of MPs to a total of 596.