- Title: Egypt sets date for senate elections in August
- Date: 5th July 2020
- Summary: CAIRO, EGYPT (FILE - JUNE 2, 2013) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** EXTERIOR OF SUPREME CONSTITUTIONAL COURT WHERE DECISION TO DISSOLVE EGYPT'S UPPER HOUSE WAS ANNOUNCED SIGN READING (Arabic): "SUPREME CONSTITUTIONAL COURT" CAIRO, EGYPT (FILE - DECEMBER 26, 2012) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF UPPER HOUSE OF EGYPTIAN PARLIAMENT (SHOURA COUNCIL) SIGN AT GATE READING (Arabic/English): "THE SHOURA ASSEMBLY" VARIOUS OF UPPER HOUSE CONTROLLED BY THEN-RULING MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IN SESSION
- Embargoed: 19th July 2020 14:45
- Keywords: Egypt Senate Election Egypt politics Election Upper House
- Location: CAIRO, EGYPT
- City: CAIRO, EGYPT
- Country: Egypt
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA002CLJ828L
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- Story Text: Egypt will hold inaugural elections for a new second parliamentary chamber, named the Council of Senators, on August 11-12, election commissioner Lasheen Ibrahim announced on Saturday (July 4).
Amendments made to Egypt's constitution last year provided for the creation of the Council of Senators, a 300-member secondary chamber that will be two-thirds elected by the public and the remainder appointed by the president.
Ibrahim said all polling stations will observe health guidelines, with all voters and polling staff required to wear masks, and social distancing measures will be enforced.
Egypt has been reporting over 1,000 new cases of coronavirus every day, so far bringing the total number of infections to 74,035, including 3,280 deaths.
The poll results will be announced on August 19 in the official state gazette, Ibrahim said, with the final electoral results announced on September 16 at the latest.
In 2013, Egypt's top court ruled that the old secondary parliamentary chamber, then-Muslim Brotherhood-led upper house named as the Shura Council was illegal but could stay on until elections, dealing the Islamists a moral blow.
The Supreme Constitutional Court had cited election law flaws as the reason for finding the upper house to be illegal.
Shortly after the overthrow of Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohamed Morsi, however, the upper house was dissolved, one of many decisions implemented during Egypt's transition to its current administration, led by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
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