Egypt’s parliament elections back to square 1
Parliamentary elections - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Administrative Court ruled Tuesday the nullification of all decisions issued by the High Election Committee (HEC) regarding parliamentary elections, Youm7 reported.

The ruling comes in response to two lawsuits filed demanding the cancelation of HEC’s call for parliamentary elections, that also claim the unconstitutionality of several articles of the parliamentary elections law. The ruling also came after a March 1 Supreme Constitutional Court verdict on, in response to one of the two lawsuits, deeming the constituency law unconstitutional.

On March 7, the same court issued another verdict declaring the unconstitutionality of a legal text in the parliamentary elections law which forbids dual citizenship holders from running in parliamentary elections.

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.

Sources told Youm7 that after Tuesday’s ruling that the HEC will have to set a new timeline for the parliamentary elections and it also has to amend the two articles in compliance with the Egyptian constitution.

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

According to these laws, the parliament was originally to comprise of 567 seats: 420 to be elected as individuals and 120 through the winner-take-all party lists, with 27 seats to be appointed by the president.

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 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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