CAIRO: Salafi al-Nour Party will not submit its reservations regarding the newly approved Parliamentary Elections Law to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, said a member in the directing board of the party to Youm7 Sunday.
In a previous statement to The Cairo Post in June 13, Spokesperson of al-Nour Party Nader Bakar said the party has reservations on the Parliament Law and is planning to discuss its concerns with the president before it decides on how it will participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Al-Nour Party member Salah Abdel Maaboud told Youm7 that the party changed its mind about submitting its reservations because there were no procedures taken or amendments made despite many parties previously submitting their complaints over the same matters. “We hoped that amendments would be made to the Parliamentary Law,” Abdel Maaboud added.
In his June statements, Bakar explained the party’s concerns to The Cairo Post saying that the new Parliament Law introduces the return of “political money” which means that “only those who can pay money will be able to win the elections.”
Bakar criticized the large number of seats allocated to the individual system in comparison to the list system. “This way, there will be no equal opportunities.”
The newly adopted law included increasing the number of elected members to 600, it also merged two laws regarding the election of single candidates and listed candidates. This would result in the election of 120 members using the list system (20 percent) and 480 for the single system (80 percent).
While regarding the party’s participation, Bakar noted, “We will study the emerging coalitions at this time and the already existing ones, as it is an important step to decide how we will participate.”
According to the political roadmap announced after the July 3 ouster of Mohamed Morsi, parliamentary elections should take place within six months of the adoption of the constitution, which was adopted in mid-January. The date of the parliamentary elections is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.