Egypt changes election system in favor of party lists

September 24, 2011 18:31

CAIRO - Egypt's military rulers have agreed to amend election rules, state-run media said on Saturday, but some politicians say the changes still leave too much scope for supporters of ousted president Hosni Mubarak to seek parliamentary seats.

Political parties have been pressuring the army council to base the vote exclusively on the party-based proportional list system, saying allowing individuals to seek election would enable remnants of the ousted regime to use money and tribalism to win in polls due to start in November.

An Egyptian court in April ordered the dissolution of Mubarak's National Democratic Party, meeting a demand of the pro-democracy movement whose protests ended his 30-year authoritarian rule.

Al-Ahram newspaper said the military council has approved raising the proportion of seats contested using party lists to two thirds, up from 50 percent now, leaving the rest open to individual candidates.

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