Parliamentary election halted in Egypt after court ruling

Egypt’s Administrative Court has suspended parliamentary elections scheduled to begin on March 22. The country’s election committee is expected to set a new date for the polls.

The Supreme Constitutional Court ruled on Sunday that the sections of the electoral law defining voting districts was unconstitutional. Lawyers who had appealed against the law had argued that the districts had not been divided in a way to ensure adequate representation of the voters.

In the light of the constitutional court’s decision, the Adminisrative Court gave the order on Tuesday to “cancel the call for elections in March,” as the official MENA news agency has reported. This was the last formality required for the postponement of the vote. Government has already started work on redrafting the law while the High Election Committee has said that a new timetable will be announced for the elections once the law is ready.
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Source News: DW