30 May 2014

Egypt: EU Mission Hails Presidential Elections Process

Head of European Union (EU) mission following up the Egyptian presidential vote Mario David said that the voting process went smoothly and peacefully during the three-day vote with no serious violations, lauding the role of the Presidential Elections Committee (PEC) in managing the elections process.

He said that the EU would follow up the upcoming parliamentary elections if it was invited by the Egyptian authorities.

"Personally, I did not see that before, yet I know it is not the first time this happens in the world," David said commenting on the extension of the vote for another day.

The PEC had the right to determine the causes of the extension, and whether it was due to the hot weather or to give the voters an opportunity to cast their ballots, he added.

David said that the mission had not received the final percentage of the voter turnout, adding that some European countries had witnessed voter turnouts lower than that of Egypt.

He noted that boycotting the vote happens in many countries.

David expressed his hope that the EGP 500 fine for not voting is not to be applied.

He added that the intense presence of the police and army forces did not affect the voting process.

He stressed the desire of the European Union to continue dialogue and cooperation with all Egyptians through their bid to a democracy that respects human rights.

He said that the mission will issue a final report that includes recommendations to improve the balloting process in the future in Egypt.

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