CAIRO: Amid the State Council’s review of the presidential elections law, the Legislative Department, headed by Judge Mohamed al-Agaty, held a meeting March 1 and concluded several decisions regarding candidates, the Supreme Electoral Commission and the process of elections.
The first decision was that presidential candidate will not be required to have obtained a high educational degree.
The decision comes after the administrative court examined a lawsuit that demanded interim President Adly Mansour review candidacy requirements and exclude a high educational degree as a must, to ensure equal opportunity, the encouragement of developing the vocational degree sector and prevent any discrimination between citizens.
Concerning the Supreme Electoral Commission, it was decided that the commission’s decisions regarding the organization of elections are subject to the supervision of judicial authorities. The High Administrative Court will be the only institution to look into cases concerning the electoral commission’s resolutions.
The council also stated that the law it issues regarding judicial procedures must be amended according to the new constitution, specifically Article 190, which requires that decrees organizing the duties of judicial authorities be consulted with the council first.
The next meeting is scheduled for March 4.
Originally published in Youm7.