Window for Applying to Cover Parliamentary Elections to Open On Saturday

Media outlets and civil society organisations wishing to apply for coverage of the coming parliamentary elections may do so starting next Saturday, the Supreme Elections Commission (SEC) announced on Thursday.

The floor for application will be open until August 20, the SEC said in a statement.

Accepted media outlets and civil society organisations will be registered from August 21 to 25 and will receive their permits from August 26 to 30, the committee said. Permits issued before the elections were postponed in March would remain effective.

The committee is yet to set a date for the parliamentary elections. It has nevertheless referred to the elections in its statement as the “2015 parliamentary elections,” indicating that they will be held before the end of this year.

The parliamentary elections were scheduled to take place over two phases, with the first taking place on March 22 and 23 and the second phase running from April 26 to 27.

They were, however, postponed when the the Supreme Constitutional Court decided against the constitutionality of an article in one of the laws regulating parliamentary elections in March.

Once held, the parliamentary elections would mark the completion of the roadmap, which Sisi announced to the nation in July 2013, following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi by the military after mass protests against his rule.