Parties debate over parliamentary elections system
Free Egyptians Party spokesperson Shehab Wagih - YOUM7 (Archive)
By SHERIF MAGDY

CAIRO: Election experts, political science professors, and party leaders prepared a study through the Free Egyptians Party about the best electoral system for Egypt, party spokesperson Shihab Wagih said Wednesday.

Wagih said the study shows a preference of a mixed system, 50 percent for individual and 50 percent for list systems, to maintain the presence of political parties and confront the threat of Islamist parties, Youm7 reported.

Wagih said the party will put this study up for discussion with political party leaders; in case of an agreement, the party will then submit it to interim President Adly Mansour.

A number of political parties demanded implementing a mixed parliamentary election system to ensure a fair representation for all parties and to prevent businesspeople from using their influence to dominate the elections.

Other parties favored using the list system and the cancelation of the individual system.

Tagammu Party Vice President Atef Maghawry told Al-Bawaba news they support the list system in the next parliamentary elections.

Maghawry said that using the individual system contradicts the new Egyptian constitution, which states that the political system in Egypt is based on a multi-party system.

Member of the high authority of Wafd Party Yasser Hassan said the individual system will be difficult for all political parties and will reproduce a parliament similar to that of 2011. The list system, however, will help both the parties and the people to vote based on ideas, programs, and ideologies, according to Wafd’s official facebook page.

Leading member of the Salafi Nour Party Shaban Abdel-Aleem said a mixed system would provide an opportunity for all political parties to participate in the upcoming parliament.

Karama Party Chairperson Mohamed Samy said the party objects using the individual system, that it contradicts with the Egyptian constitution. He said the individual system will empower businesspersons and not political parties, Youm7 reported.

The parliamentary elections will take place after the presidential elections, which are scheduled to end June 5, or June 26 in case of a second round.

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  1. David Johnson
    May 3, 2014 at 8:59 am

    It is unlikely that there will be a second round of voting because only Sabbahi and el-Sisi are running.

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