Sisi ratifies electoral constituencies’ law
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CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ratified Monday the electoral constituencies’ law, regulating Egypt’s upcoming parliament elections, according to a presidential press statement Tuesday.

According to the new law, Egypt will be divided into 237 constituencies for individual candidacy seats and another four for party list seats. The law also allows for each parliament member to represent equal segments of the electorate.

Presidency spokesperson, Ambassador Alaa Youssef said in the statement that the new law takes into account several regulations that will guarantee a fair representation to all the governorates, regardless the number of its residences.

On December 10, The Cabinet approved the law and passed it the legislation Committee of the State Council, which also approved it on December 15 before it was referred to the High Elections Commission (HEC) and the President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi for final ratification.

The law determines electoral constituencies for the People’s Assembly, the lower house of the Egyptian parliament, according to the government’s administrative division of geographical areas. It determines the number of candidates who will be chosen from each constituency, as determined by the number of voters in the constituency. Each constituency will elect one, two or three representatives.

Parliamentary elections are expected to be held before the end of March 2015, according to statements by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in November.

The law was drafted by a committee headed by Minister of Transitional Justice Ibrahim el-Henedy, who announced Tuesday that 56 seats will be allocated for women, 16 for youth, eight for disabled persons and 24 for Coptic Christians.

Additional reporting by NOURHAN MAGDI

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