Egypt sets date for elections in mid-October

Egypt will hold elections on October 18-19 following delayed elections on March

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Egypt’s election commision announced on Sunday that the country will hold its parlimentary election in two stages starting in October.

The long-awaited parliamentary election set it’s first stage for October 18-19. Initially the election was to be held this passed March, however the Egyption court ruled part of the election law unconstitutional and delayed it.

The election commission said in a news conference that second stage for the election will be held on November 22-23.

The government says the election is proof of Egypt's commitment to democracy.

Since June 2012 Egypt has been without a parliament due to the court dissolving the democratically elected main chamber, which reversed a major achivment in the 2011 uprising which lead to the fall of Hosni Mubarak.

In July 2013, the then military chief Abdel Fattah al Sisi took power, following a military coup against the first democratically elected president of Eygpy Mohammed Morsi, who became president, following the fall of the autocrat Hosni Mubarak

After the military coup, the army aired a roadmap for democracy in Egypt which is the most crowded Arab state and close to Western powers.

The call was followed by the strongest crackdown over the Muslim Brothers in Egypt’s history. Security forces killed hundreds of protesters and thousands were jailed.

H.A. Hellyer a fellow from Brooking Centre for Middle East Policy in Washington said that "the question will remain, will this parliament be an effective check and balance against the executive? There are some signs it may, due to the likely prevalence of big-business interests within it, be argumentative on issues pertaining to economic policy,” Reuters reports.

Hellyer also added "but on issues of political reform, legislative reform, or security sector reform, there probably won't be much appetite to affect much change from within this forthcoming parliament."

The House of Representatives in Egypt is formed of 568 seats, 448 of them belong to the elected persons and remaining 120 individuals through a winner-takes-all lists, with quotas for women, Christians and youth.

President Sisi, will appoint a number of individuals to the House of Representatives, not exceeding 5 percent of its makeup.

Some political parties criticise the election system, stateing that it emphasizes on individuals as a throwback to the Mubarak-era politics where the candidates were favoured with wealth and family relations.

The Muslim Brotherhood supporters seem likely to boycott the vote they going to boycott the vote.

TRTWorld and agencies