On Friday, 1677 judges arrived in Alexandria to supervise the elections that are due to take place on Sunday and Monday, Al-Ahram's Arabic news website reported.
Judges from different judicial bodies (judges, State Council members, prosecutors and administrative prosecutors) will be distributed on Saturday to 1677 polling stations in 10 constituencies in Alexandria.
A total of 16,000 members from different judicial bodies will supervise polling stations during the two phases in Egypt.
The Egyptian Social Democratic Party has announced that it is competing for individual seats only in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
In press statements issued Sunday night, the party said that it was not part of any of the electoral lists competing for the party list seats following the withdrawal of the Sahwet Misr (Egypt's Awakening) list from the electoral process.
Sahwet Misr withdrew from elections after a court ruled that prospective candidates must re-take the costly required medical check-ups even if they had already done the tests in February.
Egypt’s Socialist Popular Alliance Party (SPAP) will launch on Sunday evening a new campaign called “If You Elect Them” to warn voters of the dangers of electing to parliament members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood and Hosni Mubarak’s dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP).
Medhat El-Zahed, acting chair member of the SPAP, said in a press conference on Wednesday that the party “is participating to fight against the return of the old faces of Mubarak and political Islam.”
The ultraconservative Salafist Nour Party, the only Islamist party campaigning in Egypt's parliamentary elections, will have around 200 independents and 15 party-based candidates running.
Some 27,402,353 voters are registered to take part in the elections first round due to start 18 October in Egypt, stated the Higher Elections Commitee (HEC) Saturday.
The first round will cover 14 governorates that include a total of 103 electoral constituencies.
Egyptians aboard will vote in the first round 17 October.
According to HEC spokesperson Omar Marawan, voters include 13,257,507 women and 14,144,846 men.
The first round will choose 226 MPs of a total of 596. There are 2,573 electoral candidates for the first round.
Spokesperson to the Higher Elections Committee (HEC) Omar Marawan has said the law stipulates that all niqab-wearing women will only cast ballots if they remove the face veil while voting, for identity verification purposes. Otherwise they will be barred.
The first round of the elections is expected to take place inside Egypt on 18-19 October in 14 governorates (Giza, Fayoum, Beni Suef, Minya, Assiut, New Valley, Sohag, Qena, Luxor and Aswan).
Egypt’s Socialist Popular Alliance Party (SPAP) announced Wednesday the features of their electoral programme for the upcoming elections set to take place in October and November.
“The party’s electoral programme relies on the social and democracy goals represented by the January 25 Revolution and its extension in June 30,” Medhat El-Zahed, acting chairman of the SPAP, said in a press conference.
The Supreme Administrative Court upheld on Wednesday decisions preventing two controversial candidates -- steel tycoon Ahmed Ezz and belly dancer Sama El-Masry -- from running in the approaching parliamentary elections.
Both candidates lodged appeals against their elimination from the polls, only to be turned down in court.
Ezz's national post office account -- where he had deposited his money -- was frozen in September by a decree of the prosecution and the country's elicit gains authority. He was eliminated from the electoral race as a result.
Egypt’s High Election Committee (HEC), the judicial body in charge of supervising the upcoming parliamentary elections, announced on Saturday that seven electoral coalitions will contest the first stage of the polls, scheduled between 17 and 28 October.
HEC's spokesperson Omar Marawan told a press conference on 3 October that competition for 60 party-based seats in the first stage will be held in two constituencies: the West Nile Delta and Upper Egypt North, Middle and South.
The Egyptian prime minister’s advisor Refaat Qomsan announced on Wednesday that 81 domestic and six international NGOs will be allowed to observe the upcoming parliamentary elections being held between 17 October and 2 December over two stages.
Ten of Egypt’s ministers will be participating in the preparation and elections processes, among other tasks, Refaat said according to Al-Ahram Arabic news website.
Egypt's National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) said on Tuesday that it will temporary freeze the activity of two of its members who are running in the upcoming parliamentary elections, a council statement read.
The council will freeze the activities of rights lawyer Hafez Abu-Seida and journalist Mohamed Abdel-Aziz until the end of the parliamentary elections as the council is one of the entities monitoring the polls and it wants to adhere to "objectivity and independence" during monitoring.
Seven electoral alliances are running in the first stage of the parliamentary elections slated for 18-19 October, the High Elections Committee (HEC) announced in a statement on Saturday.
There are four lists contesting 15 seats in the West Delta, which are the Salafist Nour Party, Fi Hob Misr list (for the Love of Egypt), Forsan Misr (The Knights of Egypt) and the combined electoral list of the Egyptian Front and the Independence Current.
In a statement on Egypt's upcoming parliamentary elections on 16 September, the Higher Elections Committee (HEC) in charge of supervising the polls announced that a total of 5,955 individuals had applied to run in the polls. One day later, however, the committee said the applications of as many as 535 individuals had been rejected, thus lowering the number of independent candidates to 5,420.
The High Elections Committee announced on Tuesday that 2573 independent candidates and four party-based lists will be running for the first stage of the Egyptian parliamentary elections that start on 17 October.
The 2573 candidates will contest 226 seats in the first stage, and the four lists will be competing for over 60 seats bringing the total to 286 seats available during the first phase of the elections.
Egypt's Higher Elections Committee (HEC) announced Wednesday an initial list of candidates accepted to contest the country's upcoming parliamentary elections, scheduled for October and November.
HEC spokesperson Omar Marawan disclosed Tuesday night that a total number of 5,420 had applied, all seeking to run as independents. In addition, nine electoral coalitions fielded candidates to run on party lists.
La Comisión Suprema Electoral egipcia anunció hoy que aceptó la candidatura de nueve coaliciones políticas y de 5.420 aspirantes independientes para los próximos comicios legislativos, previstos a partir del 18 de octubre.
El portavoz de esa institución, Omar Maruán, dijo que las nueve listas electorales concurrirán en las cuatro circunscripciones reservadas para los candidatos que representan a las coaliciones políticas.
Marúan explicó que otras seis listas electorales fueron rechazadas por no cumplir con los requisitos establecidos por la ley.
The ultra-conservative Salafist Nour Party announced on Friday it is going to run only for two party-based electoral lists in the upcoming parliamentary elections, according to an official statement by the party.
Younis Makhyoun, head of the party, said that the party has decided to run for the Cairo and East and South Delta district, and West Delta district.
The party will be running for 45 seats in the Cairo and East and South Delta (six governorates) district. It will run for 15 seats in the West Delta (three governorates) district.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi accepted on Saturday the resignation of the cabinet of Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, MENA state news agency reported.
The cabinet had met earlier on Saturday and decided to submit their resignation to the president, according to Al-Ahram Arabic news website.
The president reportedly ordered the cabinet to continue carrying out their current responsibilities until a new cabinet is formed, and asked Petroleum Minister Sherif Ismail to become prime minister and form a new cabinet.