The Federal Supreme Court hears challenges against the ending the work of governorates, district and sub-districts’ councils

The Federal Supreme Court considered challenges against the unconstitutionality of the Second Amendment Law for Governorates and District Councils Law No. 12 of 2018.

The court's spokesman, Ayas al-Samouk, stated, “The Federal Supreme Court held a session headed by Judge Medehat al-Mahmoud and the presence of all member judges, and considered challenges against the constitutionality of the Law of the Second Amendment to the Governorates and District Council Elections Law No. (12) of 2018.”

Al-Samouk added, "The plaintiffs requested to judge that the unconstitutionality of the law which includes ending the work of the governorates and district councils with its following sub-district, under the claim of contradicting the constitutional articles they listed in their drafts."

He pointed out that "the Federal Supreme Court found, by viewing subjects related to the object of the challenge, that article (4) of the law of governorates that are not incorporated in a region No.(21) for 2008 has specified the duration of the electoral cycle with four calendar years starting from the first session, the article (14) of the amendment law to this law stipulated that the current governorate and district councils continue to operate until the results of the new council elections are issued, and the same for the sub-district councils.

And, "The Federal Supreme Court stated that the Governorates and District Councils Law No. (12) for 2018 has set the mechanism for determining the date of the elections, and this will be under the decision of the council of ministers based on the proposal of the Electoral Commission."

He stated, "The Court decided that Law No. (14) of 2019 stipulated the same mechanism, as article (13) of it came with an exception from the rule, that the governorates councils’ elections for the year 2020 to be exception, but that they should held on 1/4/2020, the legislator stipulated in paragraph (3) of the same article the continues of the work of the governorates councils that are not incorporated in a region, districts, and current sub-districts”.

The Spokesman added, “The Federal Supreme Court confirmed that Law No. (27) of 2019, which is the second amendment to the Governorate and District Council Elections Law, has ruled to end the work of governorates councils that are not incorporated in a region, districts, and it followed sub-districts”.

He continued, "The Federal Supreme Court, in the light of reviewing these articles, addressed two questions to the agent of the defendant, Speaker of the Council of Representatives/ being in this post, First is what is meant by the term ending the work of the governorates council that are not incorporated in a region, districts, and it followed sub-districts ?, Second is to verify the date mentioned in his answering draft stating that holding these elections will be on 1/4/2020 ?”.

He went on to say that "the Federal Supreme Court, after deliberating with the parties to the challenge, decided to postpone its consideration until 9/3/2020, to enable the defendant's agent to prepare an answer to both questions."

 The Federal Supreme Court announced the issuance of provisions related to education, noting it has rejected a request to repeal loans for teachers and educators, and to establish a constitutional law that provides funds for building schools and kindergartens.

The court's spokesperson, Ayas al-Samouk, stated “The Federal Supreme Court’s judiciary during the past year has considered lawsuits related to education, and issued a decision to equity lecturers, and the necessity of calculating their service during the duration of the lectures, because that represents fair recompense for their efforts”.

Al-Samouk noted that, “the Federal Supreme Court has rejected a request to repeal the allocation of plots and loans for teachers, educators, supervisors and educational guiders and considered it as their right that cannot be repealed”.

Al-Samouk continued, "The Federal Supreme Court established the constitutional principles regarding equality between public and private education, and rejected the submitted challenge against a law that provides funds for building schools and kindergartens, stating that this would assist in the process of free education. "