The Egyptian Coalition for election monitoring (ECEM) demands the extension of the deadline for NGO registration for monitoring permits for the parliamentary elections

January 12th, 2015 by Editor

The supreme elections committee announced on the 11th of January 2015, that the process of registration for monitoring permits for civil society organizations and international organizations will begin on the 20th of January 2015, and will end on the 31st of the same month. The Egyptian Coalition for election monitoring however finds that the time allotted for the process is insufficient, and it’s necessary to extend the deadline so that all civil society organizations can participate in the monitoring of the 2015 parliamentary elections.

This comes after Judge Ayman Abbas the chairman of the supreme elections committee, announced committee decision number 1 for the year 2015 to call upon voters to elect the members of the 2015 house of representatives. The elections will take place on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of March 2015 both in and out of Egypt (For Egyptian abroad).

The ECEM started monitoring elections in 2005, and this was part of its mission to achieve and promote democracy that has been long desired by Egyptian society. It also serves to enhance the participation in the governing of public affairs, stressing the role played by the monitoring process in the creation of legislations and laws that regulate the electoral process in light of the recommendations, and suggestions that resulted from the monitoring processes.

From his side, Mr. Hafez Abu Seada the president of the ECEM said that the supreme elections committee should extend the time period allotted for registration, so that all NGOs wishing to monitor the elections can register. Abu Seada added that this problem is one of the problems that have been faced by civil society in past elections that led to the delay of the permits, and a reduction in their number.  Finally Abu Seada reaffirmed the necessity of facilitating the procedures of permit granting, as the monitoring of civil society plays a big role in cementing the trust of the general public in the electoral process.

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