Cairo, 6 Jumadil Akhir 1434/15 April 2013 (MINA) – Egypt‘s Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) is to give its verdict regarding the suspension of parliamentary elections on 21 April.

       Ahram quoted by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA) as reporting that this is the third time that the court has delayed its decision, a ruling that was expected Sunday.

        The local media reported, On 13 March, the Egyptian State Lawsuit Authority (ESLA) appealed a ruling by the Administrative Court suspending the elections, which President Mohamed Morsi had called in February.

       The Authoriy appealed the ruling on behalf of the Egyptian president, the justice minister and the head of the Shura Council, Egypt’s upper house of parliament, which temporarily holds legislative powers.

        SAC, on 6 March,  overturned a presidential decree calling for elections to begin on 22 April, questioning the constitutionality of the electoral law that would govern the elections.

        The High Constitutional Court (HCC) had rejected five of the electoral law’s articles on 18 February. The law was referred back to the Shura Council, which partially amended the legislation without referring it back to the HCC for final approval.

       An Administrative Court ruling said the Shura Council should have referred the electoral law back to the HCC before ratifying it, so as to ensure the amendments were constitutional.

       Egypt’s Office of State Commissioners, a judicial body responsible for issuing non-binding recommendations to the courts, on 24 March called for appeals against the suspension of elections to be rejected.(T/P03/E1)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

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