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Egypt: Administrative Court Suspends Presidential Elections and Its Decision is Appealed

(May 11, 2012) On May 9, 2012, the Supreme Administrative Court of Egypt rendered a decision to halt all procedures related to the upcoming presidential elections. The Court also stopped the execution of Administrative Decision No. 5-2122, issued by the Presidential Election Commission, that calls on citizens to cast their votes in the presidential elections that were scheduled to be held on May 23-24, 2012. The Administrative Court referred article 1 of Law 17-2012 to the Constitutional Court to examine its constitutionality; that article bans officials of the former regime from holding political office. (The Administrative Court Suspends the Egyptian Presidential Elections [in Arabic], AL DOSTOR EL ASLY (May 9, 2012).)

In response, the Presidential Election Commission filed a petition before the Supreme Administrative Court taking issue with the above-mentioned decision. In its petition, the Commission stated that the Court does not have jurisdiction over the administrative decisions that it issues based on article 28 of the Constitutional Declaration. Article 28 provides that the Commission's decisions are final and cannot be overridden or nullified. (The Electoral Commission Appealed the Administrative Court Decision [in Arabic], AL SHROUK (May 10, 2012).)