CAIRO - 14 October 2020: More than 350 judges attended a seminar on the judicial supervision of the approaching parliamentary election, where judges were hailed as guardians of the integrity of national polls.
Head of the State Council, Mohamed Hossam el-Din, highlighted that hundreds of cases are filed in all governorates after an election, and courts work even at weekends at such times to produce rulings in a timely fashion. Referring to the Senate election in August, he said all cases were concluded in three days only.
Describing the judges' job during elections as "patriotic," head of National Election Authority (NEA) applauded the cooperation between the authority and the State Council court that allows for immediate update of judges and voter data, lawsuits and their rulings.
Every judge will receive an "anti-coronavirus bag," which will include masks and disinfectants that will cover the polling period, which begins Oct. 24 locally, according to Hossam el-Din.
Vice head of the State Council Fares Fam, who is also a member of the NEA, said judges should well treat voters, runners and security personnel and realize the difference between urban cities and the countryside.
Fam also noted that judges are not allowed to carry weapons and their cars are searched as a measure safeguarding the polling procedures.
The number of individual candidates running for seats in the House of Representatives is 3,964. Eight parties’ lists were accepted to run in the parliamentary elections, which is set to kick off on October 21 for Egyptians abroad.