The Egyptian presidency is reportedly considering on Saturday a date change for the parliamentary elections, after Coptic activists expressed anger over the weekend at the decision to hold poll during Easter.
The scheduled dates left Coptic clerics and activists disgruntled, with Andrea Zaki, vice-president of the Evangelical Church, calling on Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi to adjourn the voting until May 7.
The first round of the elections was scheduled for April 27 and 28, concurring with Palm Sunday. Meanwhile, a run-off vote, set for May 4 and 5, coincides with Holy Saturday and Easter celebrations, Bishop Rafiq Gereish, the head of the Catholic Church’s media office, told Egypt Independent.
Activists have said the set dates are disrespectful toward the entire Coptic Christian population in the country, and the dates were aimed to exclude Copts from the balloting process.
Coptic movements have announced they will stage demonstrations until the president withdraws his decision.
“Didn’t the president consult anyone before setting the dates?” Gereish was quoted as saying.
Mursi also received criticism from opposition leaders. (Al-Arabiya news)