Atlanta — The Carter Center today released its recommendations for the upcoming parliamentary elections based on its observation missions for the 2011-2012 parliamentary and presidential elections. The Center suggests critical reforms in the following areas: voter education and information, women in the electoral process, electoral observation, internal and external communications, procedures and training, voter access and participation, electoral contestants (parties and candidates), and electoral legal framework. The recommendations come as the Shura Council is considering electoral legislation, and the election commission is preparing for the upcoming House of Representatives election.
It is the Carter Center's hope that these recommendations are useful to Egyptian lawmakers and election authorities as they work to develop electoral laws and processes that are fully consistent with Egypt's international obligations and commitments. Many of these recommendations have been mentioned in previous Carter Center reports, which can be found on the Center's website in Arabic and English:
The Carter Center deployed accredited witnesses throughout Egypt for the 2011-2012 parliamentary and presidential elections. The Center conducts missions in accordance with the applicable laws, regulations, and international obligations of the host country and with the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation and Code of Conduct for International Observers that were adopted at the United Nations in 2005 and have been endorsed by more than 40 election observation groups.
The full report may be found at www.cartercenter.org.