13 December 2012

Egypt: Statement From the Carter Center

Photo: Amr Emam/IRIN
Salafist Muslim protesters in Egypt.

press release

The Carter Center announced today it will not deploy a delegation of witnesses to observe the constitutional referendum process, scheduled to start Dec. 15, 2012.

The late release of regulations for witnesses precludes the Center from conducting a comprehensive assessment of all aspects of the referendum process, consistent with its methodology for professional observation of elections. A Carter Center technical expert team may release further statements on the process at a later date.

The Carter Center hopes to witness the upcoming Peoples’ Assembly elections if the circumstances are conducive to meaningful observation and urges the Egyptian electoral authorities to take steps to ensure early accreditation of domestic and international election witnessing organizations.

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