Panel Wraps Up Amendments of Parliament Law

The Political Rights Exercise Committee finished on Wednesday 2152014 amendments to the law on the House of Representatives and raised them for societal debate.

The committee, headed by Transitional Justice Minister Mohamed Mahdi, said it took the opinion of the Higher Judicial Council, the State Council, the Higher Elections Commission and the Cabinet before introducing these amendments.

The amendments revoked Law number 381972 and Law number 1201980 on the parliament.

Part I of the law covers the composition of the House of Representatives and, in its Article (1), says that the first parliament to be elected under Egypt’s new constitution will include 600 members elected in public elections by direct secret ballot.

Also as per the same article, the president may appoint 5% of the new parliament’s members, in accordance with the regulations set forth in this law.

Article (2) of the amended law defined certain terms and phrases included in the text, saying that the term peasant applies to a person whose only source of income for at least ten years prior to his candidacy is agriculture. It also conditions that that person be a resident in the countryside, and that heshe and hisher immediate family (spouse and minor children) should not own or lease more than ten feddans of agricultural lands.

Under the same article the term worker applies to a person whose income depends mainly on manual or mental work and who is not a member of a trade union or registered as a having a commercial business.

The term youth applies to any person who reached the age of twenty-five and has not reached that of 35 by the time of the elections.

Under the article, a person with a disability is a one who suffers from a handicap that does not incapacitate him from exercising his civil and political rights.

The term Egyptian resident abroad is about any Egyptian who resides outside the Arab Republic of Egypt on a permanent basis after getting permission for permanent residence in a foreign country or who stayed abroad for at least ten years prior to the date of the elections. This term does not apply to scholarship holders or those seconded to hold positions overseas.

The number of seats in the House of Representatives is covered by Article (3).

As per it, the House will be having 480 members elected according to the individual system and 120 elected on the basis of the closed-list system. This article gives political parties and individuals the right to compete under both systems.

Source : Egypt State Information Service