The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights Calls for International Monitoring over the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections

March 15th, 2011 by Editor

On Tuesday, 15/3/2010, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) has sent a letter to the Chairman of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) and the prime minister where it called for their approval of inviting the international organizations concerned with monitoring the elections to come to Egypt in order to follow the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections.

On his side, Mr. Hafez Abu Saeda, the Chairman of EOHR, has confirmed that important democratic developments are taking place in Egypt within the context of what it has witnessed after the revolution of the 25th of January and the changes the revolution has imposed on reality which included bringing down the old regime and building a new one based on the principles of democracy and respect of human rights and the enhancement of the rule of law. This institutional building will be based on the ballet boxes as a means of expressing the will of the voters to form a government and elect a new president. As such, enough guarantees should be provided in order to ensure conducting free and fair elections as announced. These guarantees include full judicial supervision over the elections, conducting voting through national ID cards, cancelling the old electoral rolls and enabling the organizations of civil society to observe inside and outside the electoral polling stations.

Abu Saeda has called on the Chairman of SCAF and the prime minister to allow for international monitoring to take place over the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections and to call on the concerned international organizations to come to Egypt within a decent duration before the elections so that preparations could be made for this process which will contribute to providing real guarantees for the integrity of the elections. This will also provide an example worthy of being followed on the part of the Egyptian revolution. It shall also be in compliance with the concerned international human rights conventions and to prove the allegations of the old regime wrong as it used to claim that international monitoring constitutes a violation of the national sovereignty while all the countries and the growing democracies of the world uphold the concept of international monitoring.



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