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Egypt

General Right to Vote
Provisional Constitution
(30 March 2011)

  • Article 32 states, “The members of the People’s Assembly Council will be elected by a direct, public, and secret election.”
  • Article 35 states, “The Shoura Council will be composed of a number of members...two-thirds of whom will be elected by direct, public, and secret voting.

Electoral Law
On Regulating the Presidential Election
(2005)

  • Article 1 states, “The president shall be elected through direct, public, secret ballot by voters enrolled on electorate rosters. Each voter shall exercise in person such right.”

Law on the Exercising of Political Rights
(1956, as updated 2000)

  • Article 1 states, "Any Egyptian, male or female, on attaining the age of eighteen solar years, may exercise, independently, the following political rights: First: Making opinion on the following: 1- The referendum for selecting the President of the Republic; 2- All other referendums stated by the constitution. Second: Electing the members of the following: 1. The People's Assembly; 2. The Shura (Consultative) Council; 3. Local Popular Councils"

Exclusion Based on Intellectual Disability
Electoral Law
Law on the Exercising of Political Rights
(1956, as updated 2000)

  • Article 3 states, "Exercising political rights shall be suspended for the following persons... (2) Those with mental diseases who are detained, throughout the period of their detention"

Exclusion Based on Physical Disability
Electoral Law
Concerning the People’s Assembly
(1972)

  • Article 5 states, “Whoever is nominated for membership to the People’s Assembly shall fulfill the following requirements...4...reading and writing well shall be at a satisfactory level.”

Voter Assistance
Electoral Law
Law on the Exercising of Political Rights
(1956, as updated 2000)

  • Article 29, paragraph 5 states, "...seeing-impaired persons, and other people with disabilities that may prevent them from casting their votes by themselves, may express their opinions verbally to be heard only by the members of the committee in charge of the polling station. The secretary shall then record the voter's opinion in his/her balloting card, which will be signed by the head of the station. It will then be clarified in front of the voter's name in the electoral list that he/she cast his/her vote in such a way."
  • Article 29, paragraph 6 continues, "These disabled persons can also ask the persons accompanying them to write down their opinion on the balloting cards they receive from the head of the station, in front of the station's committee. This authorization shall be noted in the committee's minute."


 
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