Lawsuit To Cancel Results Of Referendum On Amendments
|Monday, April 9,2007 00:00|
The Legal Aid Society filed a lawsuit challenging results of the latest referendum on the constitutional amendments because they violated a March 25 Administrative Court ruling of canceling the referendum process held on March, 26.
The Legal Aid Society, along with four others, filed a lawsuit challenging the results of the referendum on the constitutional amendments because they violated the March 25 Administrative Court ruling of canceling the referendum process on March, 26, in addition to violating power of the Supreme Constitutional Court which is authorized with seeing this conflict.
The Administrative Court’s ruling states in its third paragraph upholding the ruling of stopping the referendum and canceling, in form, the Supreme Elections Committee’s decision of appointing heads of subcommittees from outside the judiciaries and stopping lawsuits regarding this request, and referring the papers to the Supreme Constitutional Court to issue its ruling regarding the constitutionalism of the second paragraph of article 24 of the law for exercising political no. 73 of the year 1956, amended by law no. 1 of the year 2002.
Lawyer Tarek Khater, the manager of the Legal Aid Society said:” This ruling targeted stopping the referendum till the Constitutional Court issues its ruling on the second paragraph of article 24 stating that the Interior Minister is authorized to define the number of general and subsidiary committees in which the referendum and elections will be held and appoints head of the general committees from the judiciaries and appoints heads of the subcommittees from the judiciaries in the bases of the elections for the membership of both the People’s Assembly and Shura Council and the referendum prescribed in both articles 127 and 136 of the constitution.
Khater added that the executive authority and the head of the Supreme Elections Committee exploited premeditatedly that the Supreme Constitutional Court didn’t issue a ruling on the illegality of the state article in order to pass the constitutional amendments.
Khater pointed out that the referendum should have been stopped as long as its constitutionalism is suspected till the Constitutional Court issues its ruling rgarding this.
Khater confirmed that the court stressed on applying the ruling in its second part with its draft and assigned the secretariat with sending it with the proceedings file to the Constitutional Court in no more than one hour after issuing it because the referendum was to be held only one day after this ruling.