HEC to receive election monitoring applications

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The High Elections Committee (HEC), chaired by Ayman Abbas, has decided to receive requests by Egyptian and foreign civil society organisations to monitor the upcoming parliamentary elections as of Wednesday, 21 January, up until 1 February.

The request forms can be collected from the HEC headquarters, said HEC spokesman Medhat Idriss.

The commission will release a statement listing the names of the organisations that will be granted the permission to follow up on the election process, he added.

These organisations can register their names using special codes to be provided by the committee on its website www.elections.eg from 5 February until 16 February.

Permits will be handed over as of 24 February and until 14 March.

Egypt’s new House of Representatives will be comprised of 567 members.

The electoral constituencies law specifies that 75 percent of the seats, 420 in total, will be elected through the individual candidacy system, while 20 percent, 120 in total, will be voted in through the party-list proportional representation system.

President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi will appoint the remaining five percent, totalling 27 seats.

The parliamentary elections are the third and last phase in the roadmap announced by then defence minister Al-Sisi on 3 July 2013, when Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was ousted by a popular uprising.