Freedom and Justice Party Prepares Parliamentary Election Law Initial Vision for Open Dialogue
Freedom and Justice Party Prepares Parliamentary Election Law Initial Vision for Open Dialogue
Wednesday, October 3,2012 21:29

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), discussed the most important features of its initial vision for the parliamentary election law, which is being prepared for debate with Egypt’s various political parties.

The highlights of the FJP vision are recommendations to abolish the workers and farmers quota from the law, to add a requirement for every electoral list to include at least one female nominee, and to divide Assembly seats 50/50 for party candidate lists and independent candidates.

The FJP vision also recommends that independent candidates should be allowed to form nominee lists, that party candidates should be allowed to run for independent seats, and that the number of members of parliament should be increased – with an initial suggestion of making these 520 members (instead of 518 members in last elections).

The FJP further suggests that an MP should not be allowed to get appointed or promoted in government posts after his or her becoming a member of parliament. The FJP vision recommends banning all government institutions and state-supported companies from getting involved in any electioneering activity.

Furthermore, the FJP initial vision suggests that those who use foreign donations to finance election campaigns should be tried, with a suggested punishment of a 3-year jail term, a fine of 50 Egyptian Pounds and confiscation of funds.

The FJP also proposes the idea of ??electronic voting, if technical resources allow that, setting clear deadlines for accepting electoral appeals or complaints – to avoid a recurrence of the troubles that caused cancellation and disruption of the voting process in many polling stations in recent elections, and the introduction of the transparency mechanism seen in the presidential election, where ballot sorting takes place within the voting centers and announcement of the results are also made at polling-station level.

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