Sisi issues decree to form new Supreme Electoral Commission
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued Tuesday a presidential decree for the formation of a new Supreme Electoral Commission to run the upcoming parliamentary elections, Youm7 reported.

Presidential spokesman Ihab Badawi said that Sisi issued the decree after reviewing the amended 2014 Constitution and all laws concerned, Youm7 reported.

According to Law 45/2014, the commission should be headed by the president of the Cairo Court of Appeals, with the membership of the two most-senior deputies of the Court of Cassation and the two most-senior deputy presidents of the Council of State.

The Supreme Electoral Commission next week will announce all the procedures needed to pave the way for the next parliamentary elections, Al-Ahram newspaper reported Tuesday. The commission  is scheduled to hold its first meeting on July 18 to discuss arrangements and legal procedures needed for the elections, a judicial source told Youm7 Monday.

The new parliament will have 540 members, with the president being given the right to appoint 5 percent of the members (27 seats). Of the 540 members, 420 will be elected individually, and up to 120 seats will be elected through electoral lists.

Twenty-four seats will be reserved for Coptic Christians and 70 for women. Egypt’s new parliament also includes quotas for representatives of farmers, workers and other unions.

The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters overturned Monday its earlier ruling preventing former members of the National Democratic Party (NDP) of former President Hosni Mubarak from running for political office.

The court ruled in May that members of the NDP, which was dissolved in 2011, may not run for elections because they appointed “corrupt” cabinets, issued “contradictory” laws and their political involvement would “endanger” Egypt.

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