The Egyptian Coalition for Monitoring the Elections announces its report on monitoring the referendum.
January 22nd, 2014 by Editor
The Egyptian Coalition for Monitoring Elections Issued Today Wednesday, January 22th, 2014 its report on monitoring the referendum of the new constitution under the title “No voice above Yes,” which includes some negatives and some positives that have been monitored by the coalition’s observers. The report came in four sections; the first section reviews the political environment that surrounded the referendum, the second section deals with the legislative environment that preceded the referendum, the third section includes the coalition’s notes on the referendum, and the fourth section states the coalition’s recommendations to the supreme Committee of the Elections and the final evaluation.
The Egyptian Coalition emphasized after monitoring the referendum process , and the attempts to disrupt the course of the referendum, the presence of some violations that varied or increased in some cases, in different regions , but they do not rise to the degree of impacting the integrity of the referendum process , but rather reflect the will of the voters to exceed any violation or intimidation and their insistence to participate despite the different circumstances.
The boycotters position remained as it is in a response to the so-called “supporting the legitimacy coalition”, which affected the outcome of the referendum. And what the coalition’s observers deployed in different governorates in the Republic monitored confirms beyond any doubt the absence of any grave violations that could affect the integrity of the referendum or affect the final results announced by the Supreme Committee of the referendum.
The coalition pointed to some recommendations to the Supreme Committee of the referendum in order to avoid some of the mistakes in the next election, as follows:
- The Coalition Recommends the Supreme Committee of the referendum with the necessity of the early delivering of the permits to monitor the elections to the various civil society organizations since it is unreasonable for the organizations to distribute the permits to the various observers in less than 48 hours, as well as the need to take into account the number of authorized observers as It is unreasonable that the coalition across the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights applied to nearly 2,000 observer and only about 500 observers got the authorization.
- The Coalition recommends about the need to work on establishing a central network includes the voters’ database to be linked with the various polling stations over the internet.
- The Coalition Recommends the Supreme Committee of the referendum with the need to work on the assignment of one judge for each ballot box and not to join the electoral committees together to make the supervisor judge responsible of one committee instead of being a supervisor of the three committees which has been monitored in some cases, in order to facilitate the work of the members of the judicial bodies and voters, and to ensure the success and fairness of the electoral process.
- The Coalition recommends to distribute the administrative assistants on specific tasks if they are assigned to polling stations and not leave it to the Chairman of the Committee, and to be given a guide to the functions and duties of the role of both of them in case of the absence of the training and induction programs.
- The Coalition recommends the need of the Supreme Committee for Elections to immediately prepare bills to modify all laws regulating the operation of voting and future elections in the light of the provisions of the new Egyptian constitution.
- The Coalition recommends the need for the Supreme Commission to set a direct communication mechanisms between them and the of civil society organizations in times of polling around the clock in order to work on the research of what has been monitored of violations or irregularities.
- The Alliance demands the adoption of the screening process in the sub-committees, rather than the general committees and to allow the media to co-exist, especially in light of the security conditions that prevailed in the country, which may not provide the optimal conditions for the transfer of the ballot boxes to the General committees and the screening process within the sub-committees in the presence of the media emphasizes the transparency and The integrity of the screening process.
- The coalition calls the state to quickly decide on the approval of making one of the voting days at least off in order to facilitate the voting, taking into account the fact that the voting process consumes a lot of time.
- The coalition hopes the Supreme Committee for Elections to ensure the allocation of electoral commissions, especially for the elderly and people with special needs in the ground floors to make it easily accessible.
- The Need to amend the penal code and criminal procedure with regard to the electoral crimes, allowing the possibility of suit directly against public officials who commit crimes during the course of the electoral process or affecting the fairness of the elections, and the emphasize on the fact that the crimes will not to drop and the civil statute of with respect to these offenses, and the stress on the monitoring by the local civil society organizations and international in the election, to be issued and regulated by legislation.
- The Coalition calls on the Supreme Committee for election to regulate the monitoring process by issuing a greater number of permits for the observers in the upcoming elections in order to facilitate the monitoring process and provide an opportunity to ensure greater transparency and fairness in the conduct of the voting process in general.
- The Coalition calls on the Supreme Committee to try to avoid all the mistakes that will influence the course of the voting process optimally, providing the committees with all its needs like the phosphoric ink and all the other basics of the voting process, since the end of secret ink, for example, led to disrupt the voting process in some committees.
- Not only declare the voters’ lists in the first instance courts, but work on its distribution by post offices scattered in all villages and neighborhoods and cities of the Republic, facilitate and informing the voters.
- The conducting of Training sessions for the assistant heads of the polling stations, and the selection of places far from the headquarters of their business or residence, and the introduction of a legislative amendment allowing the use of a campaign.
- The selection of the higher qualifications and members of professional associations and the non-government employees to work as assistants to the heads of electoral headquarters.
- The conversion of the service of the voter identification data via mobile devices to be a free service, with access to a copy of the database of voters in every Post Office government to inform the voters, especially the residents of the remote rural areas.
- The need for the availability of tools that enable the Committee to monitor the upper tunnels on advertising campaigns (in the case of pro-referendum) or the public in the event of elections, and the identification of the funders and to hold those who violate the law in this regard.
- Training the staff assistants to the heads of polling stations on the legal and administrative aspects related to the organization of work of the committees.
- The use of university graduates and members of professional associations in staff functions aide heads of polling stations, and not only on the government officials or court staff.
- The inclusion of public political figures, elections experts and representatives of parties to the Technical and the General Secretariat of the Supreme Committee for Elections, whether parliamentary or presidential for the affirmation of popular participation in organizing the electoral process.
It is noteworthy that the Egyptian Coalition for Monitoring the Elections consists of 128 organizations and associations covering different governorates across the republic, and the alliance established a central operations room at the headquarters of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (General Coordinator of the alliance) with the participation of Andalus Institute for Tolerance & Anti-Violence Studies, and the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR),
For more information please contact:
Mr. Tarek Zaghloul: 01002226341.
Ms. Samar al-Husseini: 01284661518.
Mr. Hazem Mounir: 01001616172.
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