Logistical troubles delay issue of the electoral law: minister
Minister of Transitional Justice Ibrahim Heneidy - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The issue of updated parliamentary electoral laws is being held back by logistical issues facing the committee charged with their re-writing, Minister of Transitional Justice Ibrahim Heneidy told reporters Tuesday.

Heneidy said that the committee had received conflicting  data concerning the district profiles from different state bodies which was the reason behind the government’s delay over issuing the law.

The former parliamentary electoral laws were ruled unconstitutional in March by the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC), on the grounds of disproportionate districting.

Last week the Cabinet announced that three new drafts were sent to the state council court to be approved.

The aforementioned  procedure will need further amendments, Heneidy told media, adding that his committee had petitioned  the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) for the correct data concerning individual system constituencies.

“In some governorates and particularly in Sohag, the committee had been warned from security apparatuses not to mix some constituencies for stability measures, and that coasted us more time in terms of reconsidering some constituencies,” he said.

Heneidy stressed that discussions are being held now with experts within the state council to reach a draft law on accurate constitutional basis.

There is no exact time set for when the polling will take place, but all expectations say it would not be held before the end of this summer; Heneidy said “it will be pretty hard to start accepting nomination requests before mid-June.”

Before the law was struck down, the parliamentary elections were scheduled to take place over two phases, with the first taking place March 22-23 and the second phase running from April 26 –27.

Egypt has not had a parliament after its 2012 Muslim Brotherhood-dominated parliament was dissolved in 2013, months after the military-backed ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

The political roadmap announced at the time of the ouster stipulated that parliamentary elections would precede presidential ones, however a presidential declaration by then-interim president Adly Mansour in early 2014 reversed the two.  The presidential elections took place in late May 2014, resulting in the election of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

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