Egyptian Gov’t Excludes 15 Precincts from Municipalities, MB Win Eyed
|Saturday, March 1,2008 15:27|
|By Nadine Abdullah|
Citing fears from the possible wins of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), sources in the Egyptian Ministry of Municipal Development revealed to Ikhwanweb that 15 municipal units and centers have been excluded from the municipal elections scheduled to be held early next April.
Sources said the commission managing elections will be responsible for setting dates for starting work inside governorate committees and that this committee will have central control over all the election process; including election fees, schedules and challenges against the results, excluding any intervention from governorates.
These measures were approved by Ministry of Municipal Development and Ministry of Interior. They only serve the ruling National Democratic Party’s (NDP) candidates to secure the largest possible number of seats in the municipal councils, the same sources said
Ikhwanweb obtained an initial report clarifying municipal councils excluded by the both ministries. Report included Ubur City and Al Khankah center in Qalyubiyah Governorate. It revealed that the northern governorate of Damietta demanded no municipal elections be held in Ras El Bar City. The same was demanded by Kafr El Sheikh Governate .
The report also excluded Sadat City in the Monoufia Governate, Mahellat Demna police centre, Dakahlia Governate, in addition to excluding two municipal councils in the upper Egyptian governorate of Luxor and AlUsairat police station in governorate of Sohag.
Mersa Matrouh Governate will hold municipal elections at Dikhaila and Alamein councils, despite absence of nearby police station.
Both governorates of North Sinai and South Sinai won’t hold municipal elections because their population is low, according to the report.