Muslim Brotherhood seeks election reforms in Egypt
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 13:03
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.


First Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 13:03

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