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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Egypt Elections Moved Back?

UPDATE II: Reports are hedging with "may be moved back:" and "registration will start in September." Maybe the Army is sending up a trial balloon.

UPDATE: There still aren't many details, so perhaps we should treat this report with some caution.

An unnamed military official has told the official MENA news agency that elections scheduled for September will be postponed till October or November.

Not many details yet, but only two months out from the theoretical elections there was as yet no agreement on the electoral system (the old constituency system, a proportional representation system, or a mixed system the Cabinet favors but the Military Council has not endorsed).

Whether you're on the "Constitution first" or an "Elections first" supporter, this seems like common sense. Very little had been done to prepare for a vote in September.

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