Egypt to hold parliamentary poll in October: official

Published July 14th, 2015 - 04:00 GMT

The first round of Egyptian parliamentary polls will be held in early October, an Egyptian official said Monday.

Refaat Komsan, an adviser to the prime minister for electoral affairs, said that a second round of polling would be held in mid-November.

"The new parliament will convene in early December at the latest," Komsan told Anadolu Agency.

He said the electoral timetable would be announced following the selection of members of the country’s official electoral commission.

According to a government source, the commission will convene after the three-day Muslim Eid holiday — set to begin on Friday — when it will announce exact dates for the polls.

Originally slated for March, parliamentary polls were later postponed following a ruling by the country’s Constitutional Court, which ruled that laws governing Egypt’s electoral districts were unconstitutional.

Egypt has not had a parliament since the dissolution of its Islamist-dominated assembly in 2012.

In the absence of a functioning parliament, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi currently holds legislative authority.

The upcoming parliamentary vote will be the final step of a political "roadmap" imposed by the army in mid-2013 following the ouster of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president.

The roadmap also included a constitutional referendum and a presidential poll, both of which were conducted last year.

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