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Egypt's presidency releases Exercise of Political Rights, Parliament decree laws
Published in Albawaba on 01 - 08 - 2015

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi decreed on July 29 the two laws of the Exercise of Political Rights and the Parliament after approving amendments made by the government.
After reviewing the Constitution issued on January 2014; the decree law No. 45 of 2014 on regulating the exercise of political rights; the decree law No. 46 of 2014 regarding the House of Representatives, and based on the view of the State Council; the decree law stipulates the following:
Article (1)
The word "final" to replace the word "become" that was mentioned in the second paragraph in Item (1) of Article (2) in the aforementioned law of the exercise of political rights.
The following three paragraphs to replace the last two paragraphs of Article (2) and Article (12), and the second paragraph of Article (25), respectively, in the aforementioned law of the exercise of political rights:
The deprivation shall be for a period of six years from the date of passing the sentence in the cases provided in items (1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and 8), and for a period of six years starting from the date of issuing the verdict in the cases provided in items (3 and 4). In all cases, the deprivation set forth in previous provisions shall not apply if the execution of the sentence has been suspended or the person has been rehabilitated.
The Supreme Election Committee shall set up an electoral commission in each governorate, referred to in this law as "the Governorate Election Commission". This commission shall be chaired by the Head of the Court of First Instance (or Head of the Court of Appeal in the provinces that do not have courts of first instance) and to include as members: a judge from the Court of Appeal, a State Council adviser, a deputy head of the State Litigation Authority, a deputy head of the Administrative Prosecution Authority who all shall be chosen by the Supreme Judicial Council, the relative councils of these bodies and judicial bodies according to the circumstances. Such councils shall select an alternate member to replace the principal member if an obstruction arises before him. The Supreme Committee shall determine the terms of reference of this committee.
The maximum expenditure limit that list candidates, running for 15 seats, have to spend on election campaigning shall be two million and five hundred thousand Egyptian pounds and the maximum expenditure limit at the run-off shall be one million Egyptian pounds. The amount of money referred to herein shall be trebled regarding the list candidates that compete on 45 seats.
Article (2)
The following paragraphs to replace Article (1) and Article (2), and Item (1) of Article (8), respectively, in the aforementioned law of the House of Representatives:
The first House of Representatives after the coming into force of the Constitution of January 18, 2014, shall be composed of 568 members elected through General, secret, and direct ballot. The President of the Republic may appoint no more than 5% of the members, subject to the conditions stipulated under this law.
The election of the House of Representatives shall take place under the Individual-Seat system for 448 seats, and under the Absolute-Closed-Lists system for 120 seats. Political Parties and independents may run for both.
The candidate for the membership of the House of Representatives is required to be an Egyptian national and in full enjoyment of civil and political rights.
Article (3)
To add the phrase "and bodies" after the phrase "media outlets" that was mentioned in the first paragraph of Article (33) in the aforementioned law No. 45 of 2014 on regulating the exercise of political rights.
Article (4)
To omit the phrase "even before the fifteen days prior to the polling day" that was mentioned in the second paragraph of Article (16) in the aforementioned law No. 45 of 2014 on regulating the exercise of political rights. Also, to omit the phrase "these outlets" that was mentioned in the second paragraph of Article (33) in the aforementioned law.
Article (5)
To omit the second paragraph of Article (6) in the aforementioned law of the House of Representatives.
Article (6)
This decree-law is to be published in the Official Gazette and shall enter into force as of the day following its date of publication.
Issued at the Presidency of the Republic on the 13th of Shawal, 1436 A.H. (the 29th of July, 2015 A.D.)
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi

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