Egypt election body cancels voting dates

  • Egypt's electoral commission has canceled dates for parliamentary elections due to be held next month, according to state TV reports on Thursday.

    The move came a day after a court ruled that the Supreme Constitutional Court would need to review the electoral law in order to determine whether it adhered to the constitution.

    Last month, President Mohammed Morsi had stated the polls, set to take place in four stages over two months, would begin on April 22.

    Following his announcement, the opposition National Salvation Front (NSF) said it would boycott the elections alleging the electoral law favored Morsi's Islamist allies, a claim denied by the president.

    The elections were due to be held because in December Egyptians voted in favor of a new constitution, which requires the process to begin within two months.

    The last elections in January 2012, saw the political wing of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), secure 43 percent of the seats in the lower house and 59 percent of the seats in the Shura Council.

    However, six months later, the lower house was dissolved after the Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that one of the laws under which the elections were fought was not legitimate.

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