Elections law committee completes its drafts
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CAIRO: Spokesperson of the committee in charge of amending Egypt’s two election laws, Mahmoud Fawzy, said on Wednesday that the committee has completed its work, Youm7 reported.

Fawzy said that Minister of Transitional Justice and Parliament Amin al-Mahdy will send the final version of the parliamentary election draft law and the practicing politics draft law to the State Council’s legislation section, after social dialogue.

He said the committee will hold a meeting Saturday to clarify its next steps.

According to the draft parliamentary elections law, the parliament will consist of 600 members and the president has the right to appoint five percent of them, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

The seats will be divided into two parts, 480 seats (80 percent) for the individual system and 120 seats (20 percent) for the list system.

The law states that each list should consist of three women, three Christians, two young candidates, two workers and farmers, a candidate to represent people with disabilities and a candidate to represent Egyptians abroad, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

The representatives will serve five year terms, and elections should be held again 60 days before that period ends, it reported.

The new draft practicing politics law has sparked controversy, with some politicians and constitutional law professors saying it opposes strengthening political parties.

Professor of constitutional law Mohamed Abul Enin said the law will generate chaos because the constitution gave the House of Representatives authorities exceeding those of the president, Al-Wafd reported.

He said the elections should be conducted with a list system, not individual candidates because that would increase chances for the rich and powerful, Al-Wafd reported.

Judge Bahaa Abu Sha’a said the best electoral system is a 50 percent list system and 50 percent individual system, Al-Wafd reported.

And the head of the Egyptian Revolution Party, Tareq Zidan, said the 500 EGP fine imposed by law for not voting restricts freedoms, because boycotting elections is a political decision.

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