Political parties respond simultaneous presidential, parliamentary elections
The chairperson of Tagammu party Sayed Abdel Aal - YOUM7 (Archive)
By MOHAMED REDA and SAMAR SALAMA

CAIRO: Director General of the Supreme Electoral Committee consider holding the presidential elections to coincide with the parliamentary elections; some political parties responded by turning down the idea while others said it would save millions of pounds.

Holding the presidential and parliamentary elections simultaneously is a matter to be determined according to the security conditions Egypt is going through, head of Tagammu Party Sayed Abdel Aal said on Sunday.

Abdel Aal told Youm7 that holding the elections simultaneously will save millions of pounds and will help end the transitional phase faster.

Leader of Karama Party Hamad Gabr refused the idea since parties would not have time to prepare the popular conferences for its candidates.

Gabr told Youm7 that only the president is authorized to take the decision of holding the elections simultaneously.

If the elections law was amended to allow for appeals against its decisions, the presidential elections could coincide with parliamentary elections, director general of the Supreme Electoral Committee Judge Hamdan Fahmy said Saturday.

Fahmy told Arabiya channel in an interview that the constitution does not prevent the presidential and parliamentary elections to run simultaneously.

Originally published in Youm7.

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