Egypt electoral commission disregards court decision to suspend presidential elections, announcing it will go ahead
World Bulletin/News Desk
The Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC) in Egypt has announced that the upcoming presidential elections, scheduled for the 23 and 24 May, will go ahead, disregarding a lower administrative court ruling which suspended the elections on Wednesday evening.
The administrative court in the city of Benha in the Nile Delata, cited a number of administrative errors, which include highlight the fact that the law does not give SPEC the executive power and ultimate authority to call for elections.
Latest reports have indicated that the ruling will be appealed in Cairo on Thursday, and is likely to be over-turned by the country’s ruling military council, who hold the de-facto executives authority, by delegating powers to the electoral commission which is appointed by the council.
Legal’s experts say that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) could also call for elections to remedy any fault with the electoral commission.
Member of Parliament Essam Sultan and Judge Mohamed El-Garhi, deputy head of the State Council, both explained that that If Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, who is Egypt’s de-facto leader and head of SCAF, calls for elections, then the lower court decision which suspends the elections, would be overturned.
The lower administrative court’s decision on Wednesday was a result of a case filed by Egyptian lawer, Wael Bahgat, who requested the elections to be suspended over the legality of Article 1 of the Presidential Elections Law of Egypt.
On Wednesday SCAF issued a statement confirming that the presidential elections will be held on time, after SPEC suspended its activities earlier this week.
Since then concerns have emerged that a possible postponement or suspension of the elections could occur. SPEC has subsequently announced that it will resume its activities.
Egypt will host its first ever post-Mubarak presidential election on the 23 and 24 May, with a runoff vote expected to be held on the 16 and 17 June, if no clear winner gains an outright majority. The next President of the Republic of Egypt will formally be announced on 21 June 2012.