17 January 2013

Egypt: HEC Sets Rules Governing NGOs' Monitoring of Parl't Polls

The Higher Elections Commission (HEC), under Counselor Samir Abul-Maati set rules regulating the monitor of the parliamentary elections by the international NGOs.

Under the decision, foreign and international NGOs and human rights organizations will be allowed to follow up the 2013 parliamentary elections, after obtaining a permit from the HEC.

The permits will not allow any NGO to carry out any activities in Egypt, the HEC said.

The HEC said that following up the electoral process means observing all the measures related to updating the data base of the voters, the campaigning, the balloting process and announcing the elections' results.

The HEC said that it bans any observer to interfere in the conduct of the electoral process by any means, influence voters, campaign for certain candidate or receive any gifts.

The HEC, meanwhile, said that reports written by monitoring groups after the election should be sent to be reviewed by the commission.

The HEC said that it will have the right to cancel the accreditation for a foreign group if it "appears" that the group itself is responsible for the violations it reports.

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