Egyptians want constitution before elections

Egypt secularist forces want constitution first, elections later.

Cairo: Egyptian people want a new
constitution and a constituent assembly to be set up before
holding parliamentary and presidential elections in the
country, a recent opinion poll has suggested.

The poll, conducted by human rights groups Observers
Without Borders (OWB), the New World Foundation for
Development and Human Rights and the Human Rights Defenders,
asked people about their opinion on how to enforce civil and
political rights during the transitional period following the
end of a three-decade rule of Hosni Mubarak in February.

The survey, conducted in six governorates representing
Greater Cairo, Delta Region and Upper Egypt, showed that most
Egyptians favoured a new constitution and a constituent
assembly before parliamentary and presidential elections.

The majority of Egyptians also support enforcing good
governance before holding the elections, said activist Emad
Hegab, who was involved in the poll including youths, party
members, intellectuals, trade union leaders and ordinary
citizens from different ages and social segments.

He said Egyptians feel that most of the political and
civil groups are not ready at present for the elections and
only organised political groups like the Muslim Brotherhood,
politicians and businessmen will be the beneficiaries.

New political groups, including the revolutionary
youths and emerging parties, are not ready yet and will be the
biggest losers in the elections, Hegab said.

The poll showed that most of the respondents want a
democratic transition of power and believe the Supreme
Military Council should provide an appropriate political stage
to achieve this aim during a one-year transitional period and
give time to political and civil groups to participate
actively in public life, said Youssef Abdel-Khaleq, the head
of the poll team.

Egyptians are seeking to frame a new political system
and hold parliamentary and presidential elections after the
end of Mubarak`s despotic regime on February 11 following a
massive 18-day protest.


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