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By Tom Mellen:
Party boycotts military-led elections
Friday 14 October 2011
Egypt’s Communists announced on Thursday that they will boycott parliamentary elections scheduled for November 28 over concerns that they will be neither free nor fair.
The Egyptian Communist Party (ECP) warned that the ruling junta’s plan to hold the ballot under the draconian Mubarak-era Emergency Law and amid turmoil on the streets would have a “catastrophic effect on the revolution and the nation.”
ECP, which is part of a Socialist Front with four other left-wing parties, called on all other progressive forces to join the boycott.
It predicted that the general election, the first since the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak, will result in “a parliament with a former regime and anti-revolutionary majority” because the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has failed to prevent members of the former regime from running.
The ECP called on citizens to continue to agitate for the current “transitional period” to be extended by six to eight months to facilitate the formation of an interim civilian government prior to the parliamentary election.
The ECP said that this new transitional administration would “be responsible for protecting citizens from elements of chaos and coercement, ridding state institutions of counter-revolutionary forces and elements of corruption, drafting a new constitution and organising parliamentary and presidential elections.”
Candidates began registering for the parliamentary elections on Wednesday.
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