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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Egypt will hold Senate elections over two days in August, the chief of the country's election commission said on Saturday, more than a year after the restoration of Parliament's lower chamber, which was dissolved in 2014.
The body was reconstituted as part of constitutional amendments that also allowed President Abdel Fatah El Sisi to extend his stay in power, possibly until 2030.
Amendments made to Egypt's constitution last year provided for the creation of the Council of Senators, a 180-member secondary chamber that will be two-thirds elected by the public and the remainder appointed by the president.
Lasheen Ibrahim, chairman of the National Election Authority, told a televised news conference that Senate elections will be held August 11-12, with runoff elections to take place September 8-9 if necessary. Egyptian expatriates will vote August 9-10 and September 6-7.
"Holding elections during the pandemic that has swept the world necessitates that we take several precautionary measures to protect ourselves and society," Ibrahim said during a televised press conference.
He said all polling stations will observe health guidelines, with all voters and polling staff required to wear masks, and social distancing measures will be enforced.
Egypt reported 1,485 new cases of coronavirus on Friday bringing the total number of infections to 72,711, including 3,201 deaths.
Mr Ibrahim said "strict preventive measures" will be taken during the vote because of the coronavirus pandemic.
No gatherings are allowed for political campaigns, which will be mostly limited to social media, he said. Voters should wear face masks and observe social distancing while casting their ballots, he said.
The 300-member Senate was revived as part of constitutional amendments approved in a national referendum in April last year. The Senate had been dropped from Egypt's constitution in 2014.
The amendments extended a president's term in office from four to six years and allowed for a maximum of two terms. But they also included an article specific to El Sisi that extended his current second four-year term to six years and allowed him to run for another six-year term in 2024 — potentially extending his rule until 2030.
The constitutional changes also allowed the president to appoint top judges and grant military courts wider jurisdiction in trying civilians.
The amendments introduced the position of vice president and enshrined a 25 per cent quota for women in Parliament's lower, legislative chamber.
The poll results will be announced on Aug. 19 in the official state gazette, Ibrahim said.
Updated: July 5, 2020 08:00 AM
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