23 January 2013

Egypt: HEC Sets Rules to Be Followed By NGOs While Following Up Legislative Elections

The Higher Elections Commission (HEC) on Tuesday 22/1/2013 issued a decision specifying the rules that should be followed by the civil society while following up the coming parliamentary elections.

The decision allows NGOs and rights groups to monitor the elections after obtaining a permit from the HEC. The HEC defined the role of NGOs while following up the electoral process to cover monitoring voter database updating and candidates' registering measures along with electioneering, balloting and vote counting together with results announcement.

The HEC banned any interference by NGOs members in the electoral process itself or influencing by any means the voters' choice along with receiving or granting any gifts or donations whatsoever.

The HEC set as a precondition that any NGO seeking to monitor the elections should first be legal and registered and being interested, as part of its activities, in human rights and boosting democracy.

On the other hand, the Assistant Justice Minister for Judicial Inspection Department Zaghloul el-Balshi has extended an apology for his inability to continue working at the HEC as its secretary general over health problems.

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