State Council: HJEC Required by Law to Exclude Remnants of NDP
Counselor Dr. Mohamed Hassan, Vice President of the State Council for Administrative Courts, asserted that the ruling issued by the Administrative Court in Mansoura, Saturday November12, isolating members of the dissolved National Party (NDP) and banning their inclusion on candidate lists, has ‘revealed’ a legal aspect which is valid and binding for Egypt’s High Judicial Elections Commission (HJEC) and general committees in the governorates, to be implemented and applied on a national level, in all similar cases, according to said ruling’s text and the reasons behind it, by excluding defunct NDP figures from parliamentary elections, if it became evident that the candidate accepted by or applying to the HJEC for Elections was a member of the dissolved NDP, because the verdict is general in rescinding the decision of the Administration to refrain from actions that prevent members of the defunct NDP to run for the People’s Assembly and Shura Council.
He said – in a press statement – that this ‘revealing’ ruling has become a final provision to exclude candidates from the failed NDP. No appeals against it can be accepted before the Supreme Administrative Court. Hence, it is possible for any citizen – whether voters or candidates competing for a seat in parliament – to appeal to the HJEC against any candidate proven to be a cadre, leader or member of the NDP. Therefore, it is incumbent on the HJEC to apply the ruling in full, not only on NDP members in Dakahlia governorate, but at all over the country, according to the verdict’s text and its reasons.