President of Egypt Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi ratified Electoral Constituencies Law

Dec 23, 2014 18:48 IST

President of Egypt Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi on 22 December 2014 ratified the Electoral Constituencies’ law. The ratification paved the way for parliamentary elections of 2015. He also announced to hold parliamentary elections before the end of March 2015.

Provisions of Electoral Constituencies Law
• Egypt is divided into 237 constituencies assigned for individual nominees, and into four constituencies for the party list system.
• It also defines the range and elements of each constituency and the number of seats assigned to them, taking into consideration fair representation of population, governorates and voters.
• It also guarantees a fair representation of vote from all governorates in the People’s Assembly (parliament) regardless of their population.
• It takes into account a number of regulations which includes a representative of any constituency have to represent the same number of voters that the rest of the representatives in other constituencies represent in order to apply fair representation of voters in the council of representatives.

Background
The parliamentary elections are the third pillar for the country’s road map, after the presidential elections and the constitutional referendum. The road map was announced by the then defence minister Al-Sisi on 3 July 2013 when Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was ousted by a popular uprising.

In lieu of this, an Election Law was approved by the Interim President Adly Mansour which provided that the Parliament will comprise of 567 seats out of which 27 will be elected by the President.

The remaining 540 will be distributed between 420 members, to be elected individually by voters, and 120 seats allocated to party lists.

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