Military council confirms mixed system for parliamentary elections

The parliamentary elections will be held as scheduled, under a mixed system of 50 percent list-based and 50 percent single-winner candidacies, Assistant Defense Minister Mamdouh Shahin said on Wednesday.

He also confirmed that the People’s Assembly elections would be separate from those for the Shura Council.

“The People’s Assembly elections will be held at the end of November over three stages of two weeks each, followed by the Shura Council elections on the same basis,” he explained.

“We will call on candidates to start campaigning at the end of September,” Shahin said, adding that the new law demarcating the electoral constituencies would be announced in a week. “The law uses subjective criteria that meet the demands of the people.”

In a meeting with 47 political parties and movements last week, Armed Forces Chief of Staff Sami Anan said the ruling military council is not part of the elections, but is keen on holding them in accordance with a unified vision held by all political forces and legal experts.

Meanwhile Adel al-Morsy, head of the Military Judicial Authority, confirmed that the state of emergency will continue until 30 June 2012.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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