The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights Refers a New Draft Bill of Political Parties to the Council of Ministers and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces

March 24th, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) submits a new draft law on political parties to the council of ministers and the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces (SCAF).

On his side, Mr. Hafez Abu Saeda, the Chairman of EOHR, emphasized that the draft law aims at activating political life in general and political parties in particular especially within the context of the talk on a multi-party system after the revolution of the 25th of January. As such, the draft law states that political parties would be formed through notification. The draft law bans the formation of parties with military or semi-military organization, or parties based on religious, faith-related, sectarian or racial foundations. It also abolishes the Egyptian Committee for Political Parties Affairs which has been formed according to law number 40 for the year of 1977 thus establishing the freedom of political parties to establish any number or party newspaper and visual and auditory mass communication only through notification to the concerned entity. In addition to that, the draft bill establishes the freedom of holding meetings, symposiums and conferences without having to get a prior authorization from concerned entities. It also gives more funding from the state which helps parties play their political roles as best as possible.

Abu Saeda called on all parties to reconsider their programs, to establish the rules of internal democracy and to present electoral programs which express the demands of the voters. This should be done in the light of preparing for the parliamentary elections in a way that consists with the post-25th of January revolution phase.

It’s noteworthy that EOHR has submitted the draft bill to the government and the parliament during the reign of the old regime in 2008 which has then been adopted by a number of parliament members. EOHR then hopes that the draft law gets taken into consideration by the council of ministers and the SCAF.


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