Tuesday، 21 July 2020 09:00 PM
Executive steps for establishing the Senate have been taken to establish the new Egyptian Senate as this type of advisory councils is highly regarded in the esteemed democracies because of the tasks it undertakes and the effective impact it has on countries according to the norms governed by the constitution, customs, traditions and accumulated experiences that its members have.
According to the Legislative and Constitutional Committee of the House of Representatives, practical experience has shown the importance of establishing a second chamber of the legislative authority that aims to help the House of Representatives complete the legislative process and enact laws in a manner that ensures transparency, benefits from national experiences and receives the most societal views.
After the revolutions, the current parliament received many laws in all areas which should be discussed and ratified. Thus, there was a large number of legislation that was referred to the parliament and should be ratified quickly which represented a burden on its members.
For the first time, the legislator added that obtaining a university certificate is one of the eligible requirement to qualify a candidate for membership in the council. This new condition was not among the previous requirements for candidacy which included only reading and writing ability.
The Egyptian Senate is composed of experts from all fields. This positive step ensures the need to establish it as an advisory board.
Accordingly, the members of the Council are of various specializations, and they can scrutinize the laws more accurately and professionally, as the Council will bring together several majors.
In a constructive step, Article No.28 of the new law outlines some of the regulations that should be followed for appointing one-third of the Council members, as follows:
- It is not allowed to appoint a number of persons belonging to one party in a manner that affects the majority in the parliament.
- It is not allowed to appoint a member of the political party to which the former president belongs.
This is in addition to the general rules that should be fulfilled in any candidate; such as age, qualification, and performance of military service.