Egypt’s parliamentary elections are due on November 28. Those wishing to stand as candidates (and they run into the hundreds) have to undergo numerous administrative hurdles to register. Up for grabs are 508 seats which include 64 set aside for female would-be MPs.
Nabil Al-Wahsh who is from the Peace Party said: “it’s always the same, we don’t learn from our mistakes, the crowds, the chaos, although these elections appear to be better organised than previous ones.”
The process takes several days with Egypt’s Higher Electoral Commission releasing the final lists of candidates on November 14.
As usual the banned movement known as the Muslim Brotherhood is attempting to register candidates – this time over 130 – they get round the law by standing as independents.
But while they try to enter the democratic process, other opposition parties are refusing to participate.
They say it is not a level playing field due to corruption and the lack of time to run a campaign .