CAIRO, March 17 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) decided Sunday to delay reviewing an appeal against the suspension of the upcoming parliamentary elections to March 24, Egyptian state TV reported.
The SAC Commissioners Authority recommended Sunday rejection of the appeal submitted by the State Lawsuit Authority, which represents the presidency, the Shura Council and the Justice Ministry, against the suspension of elections, official news agency MENA said.
On March 6, the SAC decided to suspend a presidential decree to hold parliamentary elections on April 22, referring 14 claims against the constitutionality of the newly-drafted election law to the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC).
Although the presidency expressed on the same day its respect for the court decision and denied intention to appeal it, State Lawsuit Authority representing the presidency and other bodies appealed the ruling on March 13.
However, representative of the State Lawsuit Authority said during Sunday's court session that the authority appealed the ruling as an independent body according to the law and the constitution that give it the right of appeal without asking permission or opinion of the bodies it represents, reaffirming that the appeal reflects the authority's vision, not the institutions it represents.
The issue started on Feb. 18 when the SCC rejected the controversial parliamentary election law submitted by the Shura Council, the country's temporary legislative authority, and sent it back to the council for amendment, due to the unconstitutionality of some articles pertaining to the quota of workers and the fair representation of electoral districts.
Three days later, the Shura Council endorsed the amendments referred by the SCC and the amendments were approved by President Mohamed Morsi, but they did not refer the amendments to the SCC for approval.