CAIRO: The Ministry of Solidarity announced Sunday its receipt of 22 requests by civil associations to monitor the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Doors opened Aug. 1 for Egyptian non-governmental organizations and media outlets to apply for parliamentary electoral observations and press coverage. The registration is scheduled to close Aug. 20.
The ministry issues certificates for the associations, but these certificates do not guarantee the associations will be able to observe elections; the associations must receive a final authorization from the High Elections Committee.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi previously said that the parliament elections would be held by the end of 2015.
Egypt’s parliamentary elections; the third step in 2013 roadmap, had been scheduled to kick off last March 22, and then were indefinitely postponed after the Supreme Constitutional Court (HCC) ruled in March the unconstitutionality of articles concerning electoral districts and political participation laws.
Two electoral laws regulating the country’s long-awaited parliament elections were amended and recently approved by Sisi Aug. 1.
According to the new amendments, the maximum campaign spending allowed for a 10-member party list will be 2.5 million EGP ($319,293) in the first round and 1 million EGP in the runoff.
Egypt will be divided into 205 electoral constituencies for individual candidates and four for the party lists.
According to new drafts submitted in April, the number of individuals’ seats within parliament has increased to 444 from 420 in the old version of the law while the number of seats for members elected through electoral lists remains 120 seats, whereas 28-29 members, representing 5 percent of the total number of members, will be appointed by the president.