Na­tion-wide univer­sity stu­dent union elec­tions to start

Win­ners should be an­nounced on 11 No­vem­ber

The Daily News Egypt - - News -

The stu­dent union elec­tions all over state-owned Egyp­tian uni­ver­si­ties are to start on Thurs­day, as top uni­ver­si­ties are ban­ning its stu­dents from rais­ing any po­lit­i­cal agen­das or de­mands.

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion vowed to ad­min­is­ter the elec­tions, and to be as trans­par­ent and ob­jec­tive as pos­si­ble.

Pres­i­dent of Cairo Univer­sity, Mo­hamed Al-Shakht, said that stu­dents in­ter­ested in nom­i­nat­ing them­selves in the elec­tions can start ap­ply­ing start­ing Thurs­day.

On 4 No­vem­ber, pre­lim­i­nary lists of can­di­dates will be pub­lished. Re­jected can­di­dates can ap­peal on 5 No­vem­ber, as fi­nal can­di­dates’ list will be pub­lished on 7 No­vem­ber.

On 8 No­vem­ber, can­di­dates can pub­li­cise their pro­grammes, fol­low­ing the elec­toral process and the re­sults.

Win­ners should be an­nounced on 11 No­vem­ber.

In 2015, the Min­istry of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion took a de­ci­sion to re­peat the elec­toral process, which sparked waves of protests and demon­stra­tions.

Uni­ver­si­ties faced a wave of ex­ploita­tion since July 2013 af­ter the ouster of for­mer pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Morsi. Nu­mer­ous clashes have taken place be­tween stu­dents sup­port­ing the ousted pres­i­dent and se­cu­rity forces.

The Supreme Coun­cil of Uni­ver­si­ties and the In­te­rior Min­istry signed a pro­to­col re­gard­ing the se­cur­ing of univer­sity cam­puses.The agree­ment stip­u­lated that se­cu­rity forces be present out­side cam­puses, and would only in­ter­fere on cam­puses af­ter the per­mis­sion of the uni­ver­si­ties’ chair­men, fol­low­ing the Cabi­net’s de­ci­sion is­sued in No­vem­ber 2013.

On 4 No­vem­ber, pre­lim­i­nary lists of can­di­dates will be pub­lished

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