Egypt Independent

Salafis slam FJP over female candidate requirements in draft elections law

Members of the Salafi Dawah and the Nour Party have criticized the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party over the recently-passed parliamentary elections law.

Salafi Dawah Vice Chairman Yasser Borhamy said that the law will make it harder for parties to form electoral alliances, without going into further detail, and also attacked the law for what they described as its intervention in parties affairs by requiring women candidates in certain spots on electoral lists.

Borhamy said that the requirement placed women in certain positions without considering candidates' "efficiency," adding that parties should be able to select their own candidates for certain slots on the electoral lists.

According to the draft law, any party list that has more than four candidates is required to nominate a woman for one of the top four candidacies on the list. Salafis have called the condition unconstitutional.

During the last elections, the Nour Party positioned female candidates at the bottom of its lists, and did not display photos of female candidates on its posters and billboards.

Ahmed Ali, the Salafi Dawah's Shura Council member, also accused the Brotherhood of trying to appease "anti-Islamist" political forces with the female candidate requirement.

Meanwhile, Shura Council member Sayed Hozayen, an FJP member, said that the party was committed to the Dialogue Committee's outcome and rejected accusations that the elections law is politically-motivated.

He added that the Nour Party had the right to disagree with the law, but they were still obligated to respect majority opinion if the law passes.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm