Political parties say parliamentary elections law ‘disaster’
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CAIRO: Several political parties have refused the finalized draft of the parliamentary elections law announced Wednesday, which had been ordered by interim President Adly Mansour on April 14.

“The new parliamentary elections law is a disaster and stab directed against the political parties and ends the dream of change,” a leader of the National Association for Change Ahmed Darrag said on his Twitter page on Sunday.

Misr Al-Qawia Party refused the law, which allocates only 20 percent of candidates to be chosen through the list system and the rest for the individual system, Ahmed Imam told Youm7 on Sunday.

Iman added that such a law, reduce the chance of parties in winning seats in the parliament and will lead to the return of the “remnants of al-Watany party,” in addition to excluding most of the parties that has been formed after January 25 Revolution.

The Dostor Party, Karama Party, the Social Popular Alliance Party, Masr Al-Hureyya Party and the Popular Current held a meeting on Saturday and stated that they “categorically reject” the law that “radically oppose the aim of achieving the democratic transition that popular powers wanted to achieve after January 25 and June 30.”

“All the parties, political and democratic powers who signed this statement, consider this law in its current form is a disaster for the chances of the democratic transition in Egypt and it will lead to the continuous of the [bad] conditions that the people revolted against in January 25 [revolution],” statement reads.

The statement added that the continuous ignorance of the opinions of the parties and political powers’ majority, raise questions regarding the committee’s calls to hold a social meeting.

At the end of the statement, the parties called the committee to respond to the demands of the majority of parties and political parties in addition to holding an electoral system depending on party list proportional representation to be 80 percent for the list system and 20 percent for the individual system.

“The Nour party is dissatisfied with the form of the draft of the parliamentary elections law, the spokesperson of Nour Party Sherif Taha said in a Wednesday statement, adding that it violated the demands of most of political parties.

Taha said that most of the political parties demanded that at least 50 percent of the parliament be elected through a list system, adding that this draft will give a chance for “capital and partisanship dominance in the parliament”.

The committee tasked with amending the parliamentary elections law headed by Minister of Transitional Justice Mohamed Amin El-Mahdy held a conference Saturday to present the two laws to the public.

Mahdy said in the conference that laws were supervised by a group of “elite” experts, and that history would remember their contributions.

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 include 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 5-year terms, and elections should be held again 60 days before that period ends, it reported.

The date of the parliamentary elections has not yet been determined. The presidential elections will take place Monday and Tuesday between head of the Popular Current Hamdeen Sabbahi and the Former Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Additionally reporting by Mahmoud Othman

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