By YOUM7 staff

CAIRO: The Freedom and Rights Committee, a sub-committee of the 50-member committee tasked with amending the 2012 constitution, debated Thursday the right to vote in elections.

Sources in the committee told Youm7 the meeting witnessed differences on article 55.

Article 55 does not impose restrictions over the right to vote, as it states that “Every citizen shall have the right to vote, run for elections, and express opinions in referendums, according to the provisions of the law.”

However the provisions of the law regulating the practice of political rights ban members of the police and army from voting. The law has been controversial and ruled unconstitutional earlier this year, and passed only after setting the ban to expire in 2020.

Some committee members justified changing the article by emphasizing that all Egyptians are equal and should be able to participate in the voting process.

Members who want the article to remain unchanged stressed the necessity of the exclusion army and police officers from political life, because “officers must stay neutral.”

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