The administrative court sentenced it’s fair verdict to support EOHR

June 1st, 2010 by Editor

The administrative court issued a sentence on Tuesday 1-6-2010, stating the acceptance of the filed case from EOHR No.3470 against the High Elections Commission, and decided  the stoppage of the execution of the issued decision by the high commission of elections which stated on the non-permission of any monitoring for the elections by EOHR in the mid term elections for Al Shura Council and permitting all EOHR observers to monitor elections.

Hafez Abu Seada ,the chairman of EOHR, has described the decision as a “historical decision” which is not in the interest of the NGOs only, but also it is in the interest of Egypt, this decision consolidates the credibility of the electoral process, he also confirmed that everyone should be committed  to this decision, in the light of the exerted effort to unite every one’s effort to have free and integrity elections which is based on equal opportunities between all competitors to retain the trust in the ballot boxing for voters and expand the circle of participation and expression  from different forces which constitute the political and social map in the Egyptian society.

Abu Seada added that the local monitoring is considered a necessary guarantees to run free elections, stressing on the importance of amending the law on the exercise of political rights No. 73-1956 and is amendments with law No.173-2005 on the way that guarantee the right of civil society organizations to monitor elections inside and out side poll stations and to attend the process of counting votes and to deliver a copy of counting votes list to candidates and their deputies.

It is worth noting that EOHR has already submitted a request for 125 permits for observers in 36 constituencies distributed over 22 governorates, however the High Elections  Commission

agreed to give just 20 permits in 4 governorates  (17 permits in Damietta, and one permit in  Cairo and Helwan, Giza per each), which there are not  any permits for the rest of the requests without explanation of any reasons for this behavior.

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