The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights calls for fair elections of artists

July 4th, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) has provided a number of recommendations to the head of the juridical committee that supervises the elections in the Cinema Professions Syndicate. The recommendations include providing the required safeguards for fair and transparent elections, throughout screening the voter lists and enabling candidates to have agents attending the vote-sorting process. The recommendations also include conducting the election on Friday in order to enable all the syndicate members to participate in the election process. Because Friday is a day off, the election process will not negatively affect any other works and all people will be available. The location should also be moved from Faisal Nada Theater to the Floating Theater or the syndicate headquarters. The civil society NGOs should observe and monitor the electoral process.   

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, emphasized on the significance of the electoral participation in the professional syndicates in order protect the interests of the members and sustain the development in the syndicates’ sector. He also emphasized on the role of the civil society organization in monitoring the electoral process in order to guarantee the fairness and transparency standards.  He also called for cancelling law no. 100, year 1993, named as the Professional Syndicates’ Democracy Law; this law is an obstacle in front of the syndicates’ development in Egypt.

The elections of Cinema Professions Syndicate will run on July 10, 2011. The voters will select the chairman of the board and the board members. Ali Badrakhan and Saad Foada are completing for the chairman’s seat. 60 candidates are nominated for the seats of the board members.  The election will be conducted in Faisal Nada Theater, Al Kasr Al Aini Street, Cairo.  


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