The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights holds a Round Table discussion next Monday on the parliamentary draft law

July 7th, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) hosts a round table discussion under the title “Draft Law for People’s Assembly and Shura Councils: A Step Backwards” on Monday, July 11, 2011, at the organization’s headquarters at precisely 12:00 p.m. The participants of this round table discussion include prominent political figures from various political parties, law professors and representatives of civil society organizations.  It aims at evaluating the current situation and its effect on the electoral process in the upcoming period and proposing solutions amid the vigorous changes.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of the EOHR, assured that the draft law of the People’s Assembly and Shura Councils in its current state represents a major obstacle to the development and continuation of the path of democracy that Egypt has long hoped for after the January 25, 2011 revolution. Not only that, it also leads us towards a dangerous downwards slope that threatens the integrity and transparency of the electoral procedures as it fully and openly encourages the use of money to gain influence and power, and supports thuggish behaviors; both two cancerous aspects ruined the political scene that existed in Egypt before.

Abou Saada called and stressed on the importance of taking into consideration the issues that the political parties had agreed on beforehand. Some of which include the fact that further discussion is needed to be made on the topic of the electoral procedures of the closed-proportional list for both the political parties and the independent candidates. The draft law came to be different than what has been discussed by the civil society organization.

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