The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights will monitor the upcoming 2018 presidential race

January 18th, 2018 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights will monitor the upcoming 2018 presidential race

 

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) decided that it will setup an election observation mission to monitor the 2018 presidential elections this spring. EOHR submitted requests to the National Elections Commission (NEC) to obtain permits for the 1650 members of our observation mission. The Ministry of Social Solidarity has approved EOHR’s request for preliminary approval and certification of accreditation and has informed the NEC of these steps. All of these measures were taken in accordance with decree No. 8 of 2018 which pertains to the regulation of local and international civil society’s role in monitoring the upcoming presidential race.

EOHR will monitor elections nationwide all over the governorates of Egypt. In each governorate EOHR will have a coordinator who will receive reports and observations from our observers in the polling stations. Any reports of irregularities or breaches will be submitted immediately to the NEC. EOHR will also maintain a network of lawyers for legal support of the mission if need be.

EOHR has been monitoring referendums as well as parliamentary and presidential elections since 1995. EOHR has trained 1650 observers on how to monitor elections, and will issue a training brochure in accordance with NEC regulations; the brochure will include the principles of monitoring an electoral process to insure its fairness, transparency and impartiality.

EOHR implores the NEC to offer a reasonable and sufficient time frame for the online registration of NGO election observers, and for the submission of NGO permits, as it is unconceivable for any organization to distribute permits on observers within 48 hours nationwide.

Dr. Hafez Abu Seada the president of EOHR stated that civil society organizations play a pivotal role in monitoring elections, and that the reports they issue are one of the guarantees of the fairness and transparency of the election process, therefor the right of these organizations to freely monitor the elections must be preserved and upheld.

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