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GNRD | Global Network For Rights And Development/Egypt monitoring mission. (29/05/2014)
International Observation Mission to the Egyptian Presidential Election: First Post-Elections Statement.
Cairo, Egypt, May 29th, 2014 – The Joint observation mission of the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), MAAT Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights and the International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights (IIPJHR) has the honour and a pleasant responsibility to congratulate Egypt’s citizens for the Presidential elections. The past election is a step toward democracy. The joint mission is glad to be a part of this process and to contribute to its transparency, success, and truthfulness.
The Egyptian people have gone through a unique experience towards democratic transition, and despite the fact that minor errors and inaccuracies occurred, those do not shed a negative light on the overall results of the electoral process. Therefore, the mission highly recommends implementation of the relevant article in the Egyptian constitution for founding a permanent electoral commission, in order to circumvent any future inaccuracies, which might hinder the Egyptian peoples’ committed resolve to attain sustainable democracy.
In Adherence with the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation and the Code of Conduct for International Election Observers as well as the Egyptian laws, regulations and traditions- the Joint mission has already observed two out of three phases of elections (pre-election period and elations days). Based on the observations carried out, we are glad to state generally correct procedural and operational implementation of the election process with only small noted inaccuracies.
Consisting of 2614 observers (124 international and 2490 local) and representing 23 countries, the Joint Mission observed elections in 10323 (i.e. 75%) of the polling stations. Fulfilling its duties and with a wish to contribute to the development of Egypt’s voting system, the Joint mission will issue its preliminary report with the recommendations after 48 hours. The final report of the mission will be published within two months.
As first input, the Joint mission is glad to present to the Egyptian Presidential Election Committee (PEC) the following recommendations:
o Organise better coordination and communication between judges, military, and police at polling stations to ensure clear and smooth operations (especially at opening and closing)
o Ensure better promotion of voter education for ballot use on public Television and radio for illiterate voters; (many judges reported that illiterate voters were unable to vote unassisted). Logistical requirements for assisting them were not available.
o Better enforcement and monitoring of regulations relating to campaign activities on election day all over the country, including in and around polling stations
o To encourage greater voter participation, consider a “none of the above” category on the ballots
The Joint mission expresses hope that its contributions will support Egypt’s development and democratic transition. We wish success to Egypt as it is the country with the most influence on the future of the whole Middle East.
International Joint Mission for Observation of Presidential Elections
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