Sunday, March 1, 2015

Egyptian Supreme Court rules election law unconstitutional

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told the government on Sunday to amend a law regulating elections after it was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Constitutional Court, in no more than a month, state television reported. Sisi called on the government to take the necessary legal procedures to avoid a delay in holding parliamentary elections.  The body overseeing the elections, the Supreme Elections Commission (SEC) held an urgent meeting after the supreme court issued its ruling earlier today. The commission said in a statement that "a new shcedule will be announced once the legislative amendments [are made]."  
The Supreme Constitutional Court decided against the constitutionality of one of the three laws governing the parliamentary elections.
The court found Article 3 of the constituency law unconstitutional. The law was issued by Sisi in December 2014 to regulate electoral districts and was one of the final steps that needed to be taken before elections are held.The other two laws were issued by former Interim President Adli Mansour shortly before ceding power. Mansour, who now serves as head of Egypt's supreme court had stepped down from ruling on this case.  All three legislations have been met with criticism by several political parties that have called for their amendment before the elections are held.
The elections were scheduled to begin later this month, with the first taking place on March 22 and 23 and the second phase running from April 26 to 27.

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