Egypt court delays verdict on parliamentary elections

Ahram Online, Sunday 14 Apr 2013

Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court again postpones a decision on the suspension of parliamentary elections; verdict now due 21 April

Workers clean inside the Egyptian parliament in Cairo (Photo: AP)

Egypt‘s Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) is to give its verdict regarding the suspension of parliamentary elections on 21 April.

This is the third time that the court has delayed its decision, a ruling that was expected Sunday.

On 13 March, the Egyptian State Lawsuit Authority (ESLA) appealed a ruling by the Administrative Court suspending the elections, which President Mohamed Morsi had called in February.

ESLA appealed the ruling on behalf of the Egyptian president, the justice minister and the head of the Shura Council, Egypt's upper house of parliament, which temporarily holds legislative powers.

On 6 March, SAC overturned a presidential decree calling for elections to begin on 22 April, questioning the constitutionality of the electoral law that would govern the elections.

The High Constitutional Court (HCC) had rejected five of the electoral law's articles on 18 February. The law was referred back to the Shura Council, which partially amended the legislation without referring it back to the HCC for final approval.

An Administrative Court ruling said the Shura Council should have referred the electoral law back to the HCC before ratifying it, so as to ensure the amendments were constitutional.

On 24 March, Egypt’s Office of State Commissioners, a judicial body responsible for issuing non-binding recommendations to the courts, called for appeals against the suspension of elections to be rejected.

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