Egypt opens parliamentary election campaign

(AGI) Cairo, Sept 29 - Egypt's political parties and electorallists are ready to open a general election campaign, which willbe held in stages from October. Newspaper Al Ahram on Tuesdayreported the first campaign rallies had been called. TheEgyptian Front is holding three rallies in Jiza, al Qalabiunand Dahqiliya in support of their candidates. These are thefirst parliamentary elections under the rule of President AbdelFatah al-Sisi. The Egyptian Supreme Electoral Committee hasapproved 5,420 candidates and nine lists for the elections.Candidates who have been rejected may appeal in the next threedays. The

(AGI) Cairo, Sept 29 - Egypt's political parties and electorallists are ready to open a general election campaign, which willbe held in stages from October. Newspaper Al Ahram on Tuesdayreported the first campaign rallies had been called. TheEgyptian Front is holding three rallies in Jiza, al Qalabiunand Dahqiliya in support of their candidates. These are thefirst parliamentary elections under the rule of President AbdelFatah al-Sisi. The Egyptian Supreme Electoral Committee hasapproved 5,420 candidates and nine lists for the elections.Candidates who have been rejected may appeal in the next threedays. The first round takes place on Oct. 18 and 19 with asecond round on Nov. 22 and 23. The two-stage elections willend on Dec. 2. The first stage will cover the 14 governoratesin two rounds, one on Oct. 18 and 19 and the other on Oct. 27and 28. The second stage covering the remaining 13governorates, will open on Nov. 22 and 23 and conclude with asecond round on Dec. 1 and 2. The vote originally set for Mar.22 was postponed after the Constitutional Court rejected thegovernment's new electoral law. Egypt has been without aparliament since June 2012, when the courts dissolved the Houseof Representatives dominated by the Freedom and Justice Party,the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. In the absence ofa parliament, legislative powers have been exercised byPresident al-Sisi. Under the new electoral law, the singlechamber Egyptian parliament will be made up of 448 seats forindividual candidates and 120 seats for party lists with fixedquotas for young people, women, Christians and workers'representatives.. .