President to receive draft constitution Tuesday

The 50-member committee concluded Sunday night its amendment of the 2012 Constitution, after passing four articles that failed to get the required votes in an earlier voting session, according to news reports.

The committee is scheduled to hand the draft document to Interim President Adly Mansour on Tuesday.

Late Sunday, Amr Moussa, head of the committee, called for a closed meeting which lasted four hours. The meeting discussed the four articles which pertain to parliamentary elections and representation.

In the earlier voting session Sunday, the committee did not pass articles 243 and 244, which stipulate that the state decides on the quota of workers and farmers, as well as Christians and people with special needs, in parliament. The amended text, which received 44 and 46 votes respectively, stipulated that the aforementioned be granted “proper representation.”

Article 229, which stipulates that parliamentary elections be held on a mixed system — two-thirds allocated for individual candidates and one third for electoral lists — also did not pass. However, the amended article which states that parliamentary elections are to be held according to Article 102, passed with 43 votes.

Article 230, which states that parliamentary elections must be held after a minimum period of 30 days and a maximum of 90 days after the constitution is ratified, was also not passed, but later received 44 votes when it didn’t specify whether parliamentary or presidential elections should be held first.

The article says, “Presidential or parliamentary elections are to be held according to the law, the first of which to be held after a minimum period of 30 days and a maximum period of 90 days after the constitution is ratified. The next elections are to be held within six months of the constitution’s ratification.”

According to a constitutional declaration issued last July, Mansour is scheduled to put the constitution up for referendum within a maximum of 30 days.

AD