Cairo: The landmark parliamentary election planned next month to choose Egypt's civilian rulers following the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak may be in jeopardy as police officers and judges threatened to boycott the polls.

Hundreds of police officers have been staging a sit-in protest in front of the Ministry of the Interior to demand better living condition and cleansing it of the remnants of the former regime.

The police officers have also threatened not to provide security during the elections if the Ministry fails to meet their demands.

The Ministry's reply has been swift, threatening officers with criminal charges if they go ahead with their plans to disrupt the election for a new parliament starting on November 28.

Lawyers and judges have also locked horns. The crisis erupted when the judges attempted to issue a new judicial directive that includes enabling the judge to place lawyers in prison while in session.

It has angered the lawyers who organized demonstrations throughout the last week.

"This (the closure of courts and attacks on judges) did not happen even in the smallest countries of the world. We will not return to work unless the government shoulders its responsibility and protects the courts and the judges," said Ahmad al-Zend, the head of the Judges Club, a highly-respected unofficial body which acts as a sort of union.

In effect, both judges and police officers have been threatening to boycott the upcoming elections, stripping it of judicial supervision and security.

Egypt will vote for a new parliament starting on November 28, but parties and activists who spearheaded the anti-Mubarak revolt fear his supporters will enter Parliament, either as independents or members of newly formed parties.

Thousand of agitated Egyptians on Saturday assembled in Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the country's uprising that ousted Mubarak in February, and called on the ruling military to promptly transfer power to a civilian government and exclude old regime figures from politics.

Emad Gad, an expert at the Al-ahram Centre for Strategic Studies, believes these crisis are part of a plot orchestrated by remnants of the former Mubarak regime to trigger chaos in the country.

Analyst Nabil Abd-al-Fattah looks at the crisis as a mere sign of the disintegrated state "which has not been functioning for decades."

Moreover, it is still unclear how more than 10 million Egyptians abroad will cast their vote after a landamark ruling of the Supreme Administrative Court to enable expatriates to take part in the parliamentary polls.

Liberal Egyptians see this as a much needed step to provide legitimacy to the polls. Egyptians living abroad are believed to be mainly liberals and against movements supported by radical Islamist groups in the country.

(Agencies)