Legislative committee to start amending parliamentary election law Sunday
Parliamentary elections - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The legislative committee in charge of re-drafting laws regulating Egypt’s parliamentary elections is slated to convene its debut meeting Sunday; hours after the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) deemed the second out of the three parliamentary laws unconstitutional.

“The committee will keep a close eye on other appeals currently reviewed by the SCC. Approved appeals, if there will be any, will be taken in consideration while redrafting the constituency law, the political participation and parliamentary elections laws,” Transitional Justice Minister and head of the committee Ibrahim al-Henedy stated Saturday.

On Saturday, the SCC ruled unconstitutional Article 8 of the parliamentary elections law, which stipulates a hopeful parliamentary election candidate must bear only Egyptian citizenship. On March 3, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab formed the committee, a day after the same court also ruling Article 3 of the constituency law unconstitutional.

Accordingly, the High Election Committee (HEC) stated Tuesday a new parliamentary election schedule would be announced after the necessary amendments.

The Supreme Constitutional Court is the highest judicial power in Egypt and thus its rulings are final, binding to the state and cannot be appealed.

The constituency law was issued in December 2014; six months after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi took office while the other two laws were issued by interim President Adly Mansour shortly before ceding power in June 2014.

The three laws, essential to hold the parliamentary elections, were rejected by several political parties, and several political analysts expected the SCC’s rulings.

The long-awaited parliamentary election, originally scheduled to kick off on March 22, is a milestone that would mark the completion of the political roadmap announced by Sisi following the ouster of Morsi in July 2013.

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