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Egypt’s Press Syndicate postpones mid-term elections to 2 April amid COVID-19 concerns

Government, State Council reject syndicate's proposal to hold elections outside headquarters

Egypt’s Press Syndicate has decided to postpone the mid-term elections to 2 April, from its original scheduled date of 19 March at the Syndicate’s headquarters.

The decision came during a meeting that started late on Tuesday, and lasted until the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The council’s decision added that the elections would be held in an open space in Cairo, and not at the syndicate’s headquarters. 

The change in venue occurred after the Egyptian Government and the State Council rejected the syndicate’s proposal to hold the elections on 19 March outside the syndicate’s headquarters in Downtown Cairo due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The new location is yet to be announced.    

The committee overseeing the mid-term elections, chaired by the syndicate’s undersecretary and committee head Khaled Mery, held its meeting on Tuesday in the presence of members of the committee. 

Last month, the Press Syndicate revealed that the Ministry of Health and Population had objected to holding the elections during the general assembly, as part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 

The mid-term elections were slated for 5 March, but were adjourned to 19 March after the general assembly failed to meet the necessary quorum to hold the vote over the president and six board seats.

Only 157 journalists out of 8,861 eligible voting members registered to attend the general assembly on 5 March. Six candidates are competing for the post of syndicate head, which is currently held by Rashwan, while 55 candidates are competing for board seats.

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