Parliamentary election in September


General Mahmduh Shahin of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) revealed more plans for the forthcoming elections, in a press conference yesterday.

He announced that the parliamentary elections would take place ‘no later than 30th September’. That these would be followed by the drafting of a new constitution and then be followed by the presidential election. He told the press conference that Deputy Prime Minister Yehia al-Garnal would be holding a national conference on Saturday to establish the basic principles of the constitution.

The General confirmed that Egyptians would use their national ID card for voting and that Egyptians living abroad would be entitled to vote.

He announced that the elections would come under the judicial supervision of the Supreme Judicial Committee and not the Ministry of Interior as was previously the case. The Supreme Judicial Committee will also be responsible for the preparation of voters lists.

General Shahin was unable to confirm whether the election would take place under a first past the post (FPTP) system or party list system, saying that this was still to be discussed. He did confirm that the elections would be held over two or three phases based upon geographical divisions.

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