The much delayed and most anticipated Egypt legislative elections will take place from October to December this year. This is the first election to be taking place in Egypt after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi casted out Islamic President Mohamed Morsi and banned his Muslim Brotherhood from Egypt.
The chief of the Electoral commission, Mr. Ayman Abbas, has announced on Sunday that the voting to elect the President will be taking place in phases. It will start on October 17 and will end on December 2. A new 568 member parliament will be in place in Egypt by the end of this year. Egypt is seeing polls after two years after the current President Sisi dethroned the then President Mohamed Morsi, who had swept the last general elections in 2011.
Egypt has been running without a parliament from June 2012 and by the end of this year, everyone in Egypt is hoping for new governance. The elections were due in March, but it did not take place after a court ruling that part of the election law was unconstitutional. The first round of voting will be for Egyptians living abroad and this will take place on October 17 -18. Voters in 14 out of the 27 provinces will cast their vote on October 18 and 19. The voters in the remaining provinces will be voting on November 21, 22 & 23.
The analysts are predicting that the Sisi camp loyalists will be coming out as victors after these assembly polls. There have been mass protests against the rule of the first freely elected president from the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Morsi, and this has resulted in the military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppling him and becoming the President of Egypt in 2013. After taking over Egypt, Sisi announced a roadmap of democracy in the country and carried intense hunt down of the Islamists in Egypt. Many were arrested and hundreds of street protestors were killed.
Out of the 568 seats, 448 will be elected as individuals and 120 will be the through winners-takes- all policy, where there will be quotas allotted for women, youth and Christians. The President has the right to appoint up to 5% of the House of Representatives. The Brotherhood supporters will most likely boycott the Egypt elections.
With a failing economy and lots of internal crisis, Egypt will have to face a lot of crisis and challenges for these elections. The economy has to be revived as it has been in turmoil since the ouster of the Mubarak rule and the insurgency of Islamic militant groups.