Single Member Electoral System is a disaster: ESDP head

Single Member Electoral System is a disaster: ESDP head

Photo from Egyptian Social Democratic Party (ESDP) Facebook Page

Photo from Egyptian Social Democratic Party (ESDP) Facebook Page

Dr Mohamed Aboul Ghar, Egyptian Social Democratic Party (ESDP) head and constituent assembly member, told Ahmed El-Moslimany, media adviser to the interim president, that holding parliamentary elections with single-member plurality system is a “disaster threatening the future of Egypt after the revolution”, according to the press release issued by Aboul Ghar after his party’s leaders met with El-Moslimany.

The meeting is the latest episode in a series of deliberations held by El-Moslimany with various political factions, including former presidential candidate Amr Moussa, Nasserist Party head and Lawyers’ syndicate head Sameh Ashour, El-Wafd Party head El-Sayyed El-Badawy, Al-Nour Party leaders, Al-Tagamo’ Party leaders and the Tamarod (Rebellion) campaign representatives.

The press release read, that Aboul Ghar informed El-Moslimany that the single-member plurality electoral system will result in a “war” between people with wealth, to secure a parliamentary seat, “it will also result in excluding women and Copts, weakening elections’ transparency and making them susceptible to forgery”

In the press conference that followed the meeting, Aboul Ghar said that he asked the presidency, represented in El-Moslimany, to meet all political factions “without exclusion”, to reach solutions about issues such as the constituent assembly, future of Islamic political fronts and funding political parties.

Aboul Ghar added that his meeting with El-Moslimany addressed the party’s view on implementing the post-30 June roadmap, discussed the constituent assembly’s formation, and the electoral system by which the parliamentary elections will be held.

El-Moslimany said, in the press conference, that his meeting with ESDP leaders comes after being charged by Interim President, Adly Mansour, to explore different political factions’ views on various political and economic issues. He added that Mansour will meet the political factions to discuss upcoming steps in the roadmap, the constitutional amendments and future elections. El-Moslimany did not pinpoint a specific timeframe for these meetings, but said that they would be “soon”.

El-Moslimany asserted that the economic issues are the government’s main priority in this stage.

ESDP members hold two prominent positions in the current cabinet; Prime Minister Hazem El Beblawi and his deputy for economic affairs and international co-operation, Ziad Bahaa El-Din. The party also acquired three seats in the constituent assembly.

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