• Article // Apr 07, 2015
    Ahmed Morsy
    In March, Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court suspended the country’s long-awaited parliamentary elections, originally scheduled to begin March 21. The decision came as a result of a March 1 ruling by the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) deeming the constituencies law unconstitutional. The judges regarded the distribution of seats per district as neither fair nor proportionate, in violation of the Egyptian constitution, which calls for “fair representation of the population and governorates and equitable representation of voters." President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and the government responded to the courts on March 4 by entrusting the same appointed committee that initially drafted the law to review the courts’ rulings and amend the necessary articles.
  • Critics of various governments in the MENA region have often pointed to elections, and the extent to which they are free, fair, and transparent, as an example of their lack of legitimacy.