SCAF reaffirms Egypt presidential runoffs to be held scheduled

MENA, Ahram Online, Thursday 14 Jun 2012

After the Egyptian Constitutional Court overruled the disenfranchisement law, the military council affirmed that the runoff stage of presidential elections will be held as scheduled on Saturday and Sunday

Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi (4th L), the head of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), and chief of staff of the Egyptian armed forces Sami Anan sit with assistants before The Egyptian official news agency, political figures and representatives, at a meeting in Cairo November 22, 2011. (Photo: Reuters)

A statement issued by SCAF said the runoff voting stage will be held on time next Saturday and Sunday and that there will be no changes on that schedule.

On Thursday afternoon, Egypt's High Constitutional Court found Egypt's Political Disenfranchisement Law – which had threatened presidential finalist and Mubarak-era PM Ahmed Shafiq with disqualification from the race – unconstitutional.

The ruling will allow Shafiq to contest the presidency against Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi in a runoff vote on 16 and 17 June.

A second ruling, meanwhile, found Egypt's Parliamentary Elections Law – which regulated last year's legislative polls – to be similarly unconstitutional.

The latter verdict means that both the People's Assembly and the consultative Shura Council (the lower and upper houses of Egypt's parliament) will likely be dissolved in anticipation of new elections.  


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