EOHR calls the Supreme Judicial Commission of Elections for allowing effective observation on the forthcoming electoral process

October 18th, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) oppose the situation of the Supreme Judicial Commission of Elections in connection with permitting NGOs registered under law no. 84, year 2002, to observe the electoral process and excluding the others. Also the international civil society organizations, registered in the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be only allowed to observe the forthcoming elections.

The permitted observers will not be allowed to influence the voting or any of the phases of the electoral process or even providing directions, comments or statements to the media. Any violation made by any of the observers will lead to cancelling the license of the body he works for.

EOHR stresses on the free right of all the local and international civil society organizations, with any legal form, to observe the electoral process in Egypt, as long as the international principals of electoral observation are committed. The international observation on the electoral process in Egypt does not mean interference or even supervision. The international supervision does not affect the Egyptian supremacy; it is the best indicator for the fairness and transparency of the electoral process. EOHR also denounces the threat language of the Supreme Judicial Commission of Elections to the civil society organization. The commission warned the observers of giving any statements or declarations, during the electoral process, but they are allowed to issue follow up reports and declare notices on the electoral process, which reflects the contradiction of the commission’s statements. The commission should cancel the license of the violating observer not the NGO itself; this is considered as a threat of terrorizing the observing NGOs.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, calls the Supreme Judicial Commission of Elections to place clear and detailed regulations, illustrating the mission of the civil society organizations, following up the electoral process in Egypt. The Supreme Judicial Commission of Elections should also issue the observation accreditations directly without referring this issue to the National Council for Human Rights, which acted as a mediator in the last elections, but it did not have any actual role in the process.

It is worthy to mention that the Supreme Judicial Commission of Elections received the application for accreditations for the last constitutional referendum in March 2011. The commission issued all the requested accreditations easily and that naturally facilitated the mission of the electoral observers.

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