Egypt issues presidential election law
By Hussein Qabani, Saturday, March 08, 2014
CAIRO – Egypt`s interim president Adly Mansour on Saturday signed into law a new bill that regulates Egypt`s presidential elections.
The new law immunizes decisions of the independent election commission against appeals, Ali Awad, a presidential adviser for constitutional affairs, told a press conference.
The decisions of the commission were also immunized against appeal during the 2012 presidential elections, which brought Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to power.
Awad said the government decided to protect the commission against appeals for the second time after consulting with the Supreme Constitutional Court, the State Council, the Cabinet and several political forces.
He added that the presidency decided to take sides with a Constitutional Court`s recommendation that the commission must be immunized, even as the State Council, which rules in legal disputes between the state and ordinary citizens, did not recommend the move.
"Differences of opinion are possible here and each point of view has its own constitutional backing," Awad said.
The new election law also bans Egyptians who are in police custody pending investigation in any court cases from running for president.
Awad insisted that the move has nothing to do with Egypt`s ex-presidents Hosni Mubarak and Mohamed Morsi, both being tried on several charges.
The law also stipulates that presidential contenders must not have been indicted in any criminal offenses.
It also requires presidential candidates to descend from two Egyptian parents, not to be less than 40 years old and to be university graduates, according to Awad.
The law also makes it necessary for the candidates to get signatures from 25,000 citizens in 15 Egyptian provinces.
It, however, does not specify any date for the presidential elections.
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