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Egyptian Wafd Alliance may regroup in parliament

The Egyptian Wafd Alliance, which collapsed after months of coordination, could return as a political alliance inside parliament after results are announced, Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat, president of the Reform and Development Party told Youm7 on Tuesday.

Sadat said that nothing prohibits the return of the alliance as there are no longer disputes between its parties, which share a similar political agenda.

The Egyptian Wafd Alliance was initially formed as an electoral alliance and included the Wafd Party, the Conservative Party and others. The alliance collapsed however, and several of its members joined For the Love of Egypt’s electoral list instead.

Sama al-Masry explains the motives behind her candidacy

In an interview with the privately owned channel CBC, Sama al-Masry, Egyptian belly dancer and parliamentary candidate, said that she wants to be present in an influential institution to help people with their problems.

She added that increasing the penalty for the sexual harassment is an issue she would like to push, and wants to pursue it in parliament instead of delivering her message through her songs, which she also describes as influential.

Administrative court rejects case against Free Egyptians Party by imposter

The administrative court declined a request filed by Amin Mohamed Ismail, who claims to be the president of the Free Egyptians Party, to eliminate all its candidates from the elections, the party reports on its official Facebook page.

The party clarified that its legal committee filed a report to the general prosecutor against someone claiming to be party leader. The party goes on to claim that Ismail is being paid to do so.

Mansoura Administrative Court accepts appeal of TV host, former NDP member

The Mansoura Administrative Court accepted an appeal by media personality and TV host Tawfik Okasha and former NDP leader Wahid Fouda on Tuesday, after the High Commission for Elections rejected their candidacy application.

The ruling mandates the commissions in Daqahlia to accept the candidacy of both candidates. According to state-owned Ahram, the applications for Okasha and Fouda were rejected because of evidence of drug use and a delay in presenting bank account details.  

High Elections Commission issues media coverage guidelines

The High Elections Commission issued the guidelines for media coverage of the upcoming parliamentary elections on Tuesday. In its statement, the commission said that electoral advertising campaigns must abide by the dates it has set.

The guidelines mandates equality and impartiality in the coverage of all parties, as well as equal coverage time for all candidates to present their electoral programs. The statement also prohibits libel and slander against other candidates, and requires media to respect national unity, the values and traditions of the Egyptian society and understand the distinction between advertising and media coverage to ensure transparency and fairness.

The statement added that a committee will be formed from television, radio and satellite personnel, in addition to media experts, to supervise coverage of the parliamentary elections. The committee will also receive complaints, handle violations and file its recommendations to the High Elections Commission.

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