The Egyptian Federation for Election Observation has got 1600 local monitors

May 22nd, 2012 by Editor

Within the press conference held on May 22, 2012, at the headquarters of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, the Egyptian Federation for Election Observation welcomes the new procedures of the Supreme Presidential Election Commission against the rotating door and other aspects of fraud in addition to increasing the number of ballot boxes and numbering the boxes’ locks. The Egyptian federation announced observing the electoral process in 22 governorates countrywide with 1600 local observers in addition to volunteers.

The Egyptian federation also welcomes the educational media coverage that provided all the Egyptian citizens with enough information on all the 13 presidential candidates, equally, except for Freedom and Justice and Al Gomhoria newspapers that violated the electoral silence and contained campaigning materials for the presidential candidates Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq. The Egyptian federation will submit official complaints against the two newspapers. The Egyptian federation criticized providing each local or international observer with 30 minutes only in each polling station in order to complete his mission. Only 9600 local and international observers were licensed by the election commission, while the number of polling stations exceeded 13.000.

The Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation includes 128 development and human rights’ civil society organizations, in 26 governorates countrywide. The coalition has formed an equipped operation room for receiving the statements of the local observers on the situation in the polling stations. The operation room, located at the Egyptian organization for Human Rights (EOHR), includes specialized officers from EOHR and other NGOs of the Egyptian coalition.

The Egyptian Coalition for Election Observation is monitoring the Egyptian presidential elections, starting with submitting candidates’ applications, electoral campaigns, election day, voting and result announcing.

For informing the operation room of the Egyptian federation about any electoral violations, complainers can contact the officers on 23636811- 23620467-01002226341-in addition to the free hotline 08004440800, E-mail: eohr@eohr.org or tarekasrsan@hotmail.com

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