CAIRO: Interim President Adly Mansour invited several parties to a national dialogue on Wednesday to discuss the presidential and parliamentary elections laws in response to criticism around granting immunity to the decisions of the Supreme Electoral Committee (SEC), according to a statement.
Article 97 of the constitution states that “any stipulation of immunity of any act or administrative decision from the control of the judicature is prohibited.”
Several politicians, legal experts and rights activists have cited the article in their opposition to granting immunity to the decisions of the SEC, including Mohamed El-Gamal, former head of Egypt’s State Council.
If immunity is adopted, the entire election process could be challenged as unconstitutional because the SEC is comprised of judges, but is carrying out an administrative task, Gamal told El Wady News on March 9.
However, head of the Constitutional Court, Maher al-Beheiry, commended the draft law immunizing the SEC.
“The decisions of the SEC’s sub-committees could be challenged before the General Committee, whose decisions could be challenged before the SEC itself,” Beheiry told Al-Masry Al-Youm in February.
“As ruled by the Constitutional Court, the decisions of the SEC are judicial, not administrative. The SEC’s judges are equal to the judges of the Supreme Administrative Court, before which the SEC’s decisions would be challenged if not immunized,” Beheiry added.
Among the parties invited to the dialogue are the Nour Party, Tagammu Party, Reform and Development Party, Egyptian Social Democratic Party, and the Popular Current Party, Youm7 reported.
The Egyptian National Movement Party, headed by former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq, criticized its exclusion from the dialogue in a statement Tuesday.
The statement said that ignoring the party is “unacceptable” and the parliamentary elections would reveal the “weight of the party at the political and popular levels.”