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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Egypt’s oppositional forces set the main demands for the upcoming parliamentary elections

The leaders of Egypt's National Salvation Front: Hamdeen
Sabbahy, Mohammed El Baradei, Amr Moussa

Egypt’s oppositional umbrella group National Salvation Front headed by the prominent oppositional figures Mohamed El Baradei, Amr Moussa and Hamdeen Sabbahy, has issued on Saturday, 12 January 2013, the statement with the main demands for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Egypt.

The final and official date for the elections is not revealed yet, but it will be known not later than 25 February, according to the presidential spokesperson Yasser Ali. All the electoral procedures should start at 25 February too.

We would remind here that according to the recently approved Constitution of Egypt which was supported by nearly 64% of voters the new parliamentary elections should be held within 60 days after the new Constitution is approved and ratified.



Egypt’s oppositional forces announced they will continue their peaceful fight for the revolution and its goals. The representatives of the group have also stressed that the upcoming elections should be really fair and transparent or they couldn’t be considered being legal.

I would like to share here Ahram Online’s articles regarding those 11 main demands of the NSF for the future elections.

The article is originally published here.

Egypt's Salvation Front demands 11 guarantees for parliamentary polls

The main opposition umbrella calls for the implementation of 11 conditions to ensure fair upcoming parliamentary elections

Ahram Online, Saturday 12 Jan 2013

The National Salvation Front (NSF) issued a statement Saturday listing eleven conditions necessary to assure fair parliamentary elections:
1. Full judicial supervision: a judge for each ballot box.

2. Holding the elections over a two-day period, on condition that the number of voters for each ballot box doesn’t exceed 750.

3. The vote counting process is to be announced in the presence of the delegates of election candidates in addition to NGOs and media personnel, and for the judge of the polling station to sign the count report and hand it to each delegate.

4. Votes left behind by parties who have not accomplished the minimum required to enter parliament should not be garnered by the party list with the highest number of total votes. They should instead be divided across all party lists depending on the percentage of votes they managed to win.

5. The Supreme Electoral Commission (SEC) must stamp each ballot paper and not depend on signatures by the head of the polling station.

6. Issuing a law allowing NGOs to monitor the elections, and to guarantee that the SEC issues them monitoring permits.

7. Criminalising the use of houses of worship for electoral campaigns, or the mixing of politics and religion in any form.

8. Drawing a limit to the amount of money allowed to be spent on electoral campaigns.

9. Guaranteeing there be a minimum of one female candidate among every three candidates on any given electoral list.

10. The SEC is to be responsible for the electoral process as a whole and to organise the means by which complaints or appeals are submitted on its decisions.

11. All candidates' applications and delegates have to be approved directly by the SEC and not by any other electoral sub-committee.

The NSF promised to continue the revolution through the ballot box if there is a guarantee elections will be free and fair, adding that if no such guarantees are provided, alternatives will be used.

The statement further stressed that without these guarantees, the coming elections would only be a means to manipulate the will of the people.

Furthermore, the NSF demanded the formation of an unbiased government before announcing the date for the upcoming parliamentary elections.
The National Salvation Front is a recently-formed umbrella group led by former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi and Amr Moussa, along with reform campaigner and head of the Constitution Party Mohamed ElBaradei.