Muslim Brotherhood seeks election reforms in Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood, a popular Egyptian political movement, has underlined the need to revise legal and procedural laws for the upcoming parliamentary polls.

Cairo: The Muslim Brotherhood, a popular
Egyptian political movement, has underlined the need to revise legal and procedural laws for the upcoming parliamentary polls so that a national parliament reflecting the spirit of the
January 25 Revolution could be formed.

Mohamed Saad el-Katatni, secretary-general of Muslim
Brotherhood`s Freedom and Justice Party, said that it is not only about the party-based proportional list system or the individual list on which the election laws will be judged.

He underlined the need to adopt a closed electoral lists
aimed to bar the remnants of the Mubarak regime and the
now-defunct National Democratic Party (NDP) from entering the
parliament via the individual candidacy system.

Amendments to the election laws were approved by the
Cabinet yesterday in a meeting headed by Prime Minister
Essam Sharaf.

The approved amendments reduced parliamentary seats from
508 to 498, mandated that two-thirds of parliament will be
elected through closed electoral lists and one third through a
single candidate list, and members of parliament are to be
elected through a general vote with half of the members being
either farmers or workers.

The amendments also require that each list includes
at least one female candidate.

PTI

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