Presidential elections in Egypt to go on as scheduled: A commentary
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Alleged administrative errors prompted a lower court in Benha town in the Nile delta to rule for the suspension of the presidential elections. The court held on to the position that “the Higher Presidential Elections Committee doesn't have the right to mobilize voters.”
However, Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court has junked the lower court’s decision designed to suspend the upcoming presidential elections. It ruled that the presidential elections law gives this right (to mobilize voters} to the presidential elections committee, official MENA news agency reported as quoted from NewKerala.com.
This means that the polls will go on as scheduled for the first round on May 23-24 which analysts maintain that no one could win more than 50 percent. The run off will be on June 16 and 17.
Likewise, Supreme Administrative Court “annulled another ruling which suspended the elections committee's decision to refer a political isolation bill targeting officials linked to former regime over past ten years to the Supreme Constitutional Court.”
The Supreme Constitutional Court is granted jurisdiction and power to review the political isolation law when the law is referred to it. It can review a new law inhibiting former senior regime officials from participating in the elections.
This granted Ahmed Shafiq, Mubarak’s last prime minister the right to stay in the race and continue his campaign until a ruling will be rendered by the Supreme Constitutional Court.
There are 13 candidates who are running in the elections. As observed and opinion polls reveal that among the leading candidates are former foreign and Arab Leaague chief Amr Mousa and Abdel Mone Aboul Fotouh, a former Muslim Brotherhood senior member. Following them are former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik and Freedom and Justice Party (the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood} chairman Mohammed Morsi.
The upcoming presidential elections regarded as the first during post Mubarak regime. It will be a litmus paper test for democracy to function in Egypt.
Hopefully, the turn out of the elections will be one that will be acceptable to all parties concerned in Egypt. This will pave the way for the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to transfer power to a civilian government on June 30. This long cherished and most awaited transition is an outstanding promise that the result of the elections will fulfill.
The ancient grandeur of Egypt may inspire the installation of a civilian democratic government. This may serve as the crowning result of the upcoming presidential election.