Egyptian election commission announces general election dates
Ayman Abbas, head of the Higher Elections Commission has announced the dates for elections to the House of Representatives. The election will take place in two phases with run-offs in both cases and the opportunity for Egyptians abroad to vote.
The dates and details are as follows:
Phase One: 18th – 19th October with run-offs on 27th – 28th October in fourteen governorates – Giza, Fayoum, Beni Suif, Meniya, Assiut, New Valley, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, Aswan, Red Sea, Alexandria, Beheira and Marsa Matrouh.
Egyptians living abroad will vote on 17th – 18th October; run-offs on 26th – 27th October.
Phase Two: 22nd – 23rd November with run-offs on 1st December – 2nd December in thirteen governorates – Cairo, Qalioubiya, Dakahlia, Menoufiya, Gharbiya, Kafr Al-Sheikh, Al Sharqiya, Damietta, Port Said, Ismailia, Suez, North Sinai and South Sinai.
Egyptians living abroad will vote on 21st – 22nd November; run-offs on 30th November – 1st December.
The elections had been due to take place in March and April but the Supreme Court said that part of the election law was unconstitutional. The new election law allocates 448 seats to individual candidates and 120 seats to winner-takes-all lists with quotas for women, youth and Christians in the House of Representatives. The previous law allocated 420 seats to individuals and 120 through lists.
The last election to the People’s Assembly of Egypt (as it was known then) took place in November 2011 and January 2012.
Since then there have been a lot of changes in the make-up of political parties and a number of broad coalitions have been formed of which the 25-30 Alliance a coalition of independents, Call of Egypt, the left wing Social Justice Coalition and alliance of 27 parties and movements and Reawakening of Egypt another leftish alliance of 12 parties are the most interesting.
Also watch the centre-right For the Love of Egypt which has eight parties in the alliance and the eight party Egyptian Front which has been described as representing ‘Mubarak-era politics’.
There are also a number of parties standing only in the individual seats contests and six parties are boycotting the elections.