Egypt's Administrative Court omits religious status from candidacy lists

News article, posted 11.23.2011, from Egypt, in:
Author: 
Ghada Abdel Hafez, Adel el-Daragli
Language: 
English
Egypt's Administrative Court omits religious status from candidacy lists (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm)

The Mansoura Administrative Court on Tuesday halted the announcement of parliamentary election candidacy lists, saying the committee supervising the elections violated the constitution by indicating the religious status of candidates. The court ordered it removed.

The ruling was issued in response to a lawsuit submitted to the court by two lawyers, who considered the indication of the religious status a clear case of discrimination because, they claimed, it suggests citizens to vote for a particular religion.