Administrative Court rejects parliamentary re-elections in Giza circuit

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The Administrative Judiciary Court rejected the filed request to re-elect member of parliament (MP) Amr Al-Shobaky in Dokki circuit in Giza on Tuesday, according to state-owned media.

The request was filed one year ago, following the decision of the Causation Court to annul the membership of the MP of the circuit Ahmed Mortada Mansour and the seating of Amr Al-Shobaky instead.

Al-Shobaky appealed the parliamentary election results in Dokki circut, as the court later announced that re-examination of the voting cards proved that the results were in favour of Al-Shobaky.

Hence, Al-Shobaky was granted parliamentary membership, without requiring new elections to take place in the constituency of the circuit of Dokki, where both candidates ran for the position.

However, Al-Shobaky has not been seated to date.

Article 107 of the Egyptian Constitution states that the Causation Court is specialised with the judgment of  the validity of membership of MPs, whereas appeals on the election results are presented to the court no later than 30 days following the election results, and the court takes up to two years to decide. In case the court decided to annul the membership, the membership is revoked on the date of which the parliament is notified.

MP Osama Heikal said in a press conference in May that applying the ruling of the Court of Appeal to seat Al-Shobaky is against the parliament’s bylaws, clarifying that for an MP to be seated after one is expelled, he must run for new elections.

The parliament’s Committee of Legal and Constitutional Affairs examined the court verdict and decided that Mansour’s membership should be nullified. However, Al-Shobaky remains unseated.

Mansour, son of famous chairperson of Zamalek FC Mortada Mansour, appealed the decision to seat Al-Shobaky; however, his appeal was rejected.

Mansour’s father and Al-Shobaky had gone to court for different reasons following the decision to grant the latter a parliamentary seat. Most recently, Al-Shobaky was free of charges after Mortada Mansour filed a lawsuit claiming that he insulted him.

 

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