Supreme Constitutional Court considers challenges against law

The Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) has said its members are convening on Sunday in a permanent session to decide on four legal challenges filed against the constitutionality of the laws regulating the upcoming parliamentary elections slated for 22 March.
The challenges target the constitutionality of articles in the law delineating constituencies, as well as other laws on the House of Representatives and the Law on the Exercise of Political Rights.
The elections are of high importance to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's government as they symbolize a step towards more political stability and an essential element in the political roadmap laid out by the government upon the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsy.
SCC’s Deputy Chief Judge Mohamed al-Shennawy said that the court is scheduled to pronounce its verdict on the challenges on Sunday.
Judicial sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm that if the court were to turn down the challenges, it would not have needed to hold a permanent session, suggesting a strong likelihood that the challenges will be accepted.
Sources close to the judicial review said the SCC’s advisory board’s report recommended the unconstitutionality of the candidacy conditions which denies double-nationality Egyptians the right to run in the elections.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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