Parliament constituencies law to be issued by end of month: Mahlab
Ibrahim Mahlab, Egypt's Prime Minister - YOUM7/Ahmed Ramdan

CAIRO: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab has announced that a law organizing the division of districts for upcoming parliamentary elections will be issued before the end of October.

“The government insists on a completion of the [2013] Roadmap,” Mahlab told the “Haqa’eq w Asrar” (Facts and Secrets) TV show on the Sada el-Balad channel Friday, responding to doubts that parliamentary elections will be held by the end of the year as promised.

The law will divide the governorates into elections constituencies to organize the process and voting system. It has been delayed many times before, prompting politicians to speculate parliamentary elections, the only goal yet to be achieved on the 2013 Roadmap, will be held back.

According to the roadmap, parliamentary elections were to be held six months after the adoption of the 2014 Constitution that was ratified in January 2014.

The parliamentary elections are expected to start before the end of the year, according to previous statements by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Mahlab in his interview said the delay was due to “the State trying to finish the administrative procedures in a way guaranteeing very impartial elections.”

The delay has previously been attributed to the government’s redrawing of the borders of some governorates. Also, some politicians have assumed that the government is planning to gerrymander the constituencies to guarantee the banned Muslim Brotherhood will not be able to control any voting district.

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