February 3rd, 2010 by Editor
The national coalition for monitoring elections held its first preparatory meetings for monitoring the presidential and parliamentary elections on Tuesday, 19/1/2010 at EOHR’s office.
Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, secretary general of EOHR and the general coordinator of the coalition, clarified that the coalition will prepare a geographical report in governorates and constituencies which will be monitored in the next parliamentary elections in order to coordinate among observers of organizations – members of the coalition- to confront any violation committed against observers or candidates . Members of coalitions (148 organizations on the governorates level) will be distributed to active organizations and affiliated organizations, the active group includes the organizations which mainly undertake the field and media monitoring for the various stages of the electoral process, while the affiliated organizations will not play a direct role in the electoral process , Abu Seada added. He pointed out that observers will be appointed in their places of registration so that they can access to the poll stations as voters and monitor the process from inside during casting their votes and to carry out the full monitoring out side the poll stations .
The general coordinator of the coalition confirmed that such a specific communication will be among observers in the coalition to deal with any problems they may encounter during the monitoring process. Also the organizations agreed to design a standardized badges on behalf of the coalition for observers in different governorates, the badges will be delivered to every observer to be shown later .
Members of the coalition called upon civil society organizations concerned with human rights in all governorates to join the coalition and to participate in the electoral monitoring to ensure the neutrality and impartiality of the next presidential and legislative elections. Also they agreed to form specialist secretaries and qualitative poll stations and consultative committee from public figures who are known by their impartiality and experience in monitoring elections . It is decided to prepare a founding document for the coalition including a definition for the coalition , funding resources, standards and rules of its work, goals and mechanisms. Members of the coalition called upon all governmental institutions , political parties, candidates and mass media to cooperate in order to facilitate its duties in order to ensure a free and fair elections.
It is worth noting that The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights was one of the members of the Egyptian Committee for following -up the elections which was formed to monitor the legislative elections in 1995, also EOHR monitored elections in 2000, while in 2005 EOHR undertook the task of general coordinator for the civil coalition for monitoring elections.
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