Ibn Khaldun Center trained 3,500 observers to monitor presidential elections
Dalia Ziada, executive director of the Ibn Khaldun Center - YOUM7

CAIRO: Ibn Khaldun Center for Democratic Studies developed a training program to assist 3,500 electoral observers to take part in the upcoming presidential elections, the center executive director and human rights activist Dalia Ziada told Youm7 Tuesday.

The center already trained 7,000 observers and is currently developing modules of practical training courses for the new trainees, Ziada said.

Ibn Khaldoun Center considered engaging 7,000 electoral observers, in cooperation with 48 NGOs, to monitor the upcoming presidential elections, according to Ziada’s statement to Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper.

Regarding the selection of electoral observers, Ziada told The Cairo Post the process starts by filling out applications; it is preferable for the observers hold a law degree. “The selected observers receive a 5-day training course of electoral observation skills,” he said.

The observers will be distributed throughout Egypt’s governorates except for North and South Sinai due to the deteriorated security status there, Ziada said and that the center takes care of issuing their observation permission from the stakeholders.

The Carter Center, the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA), and the Shams Arab Network are among the other NGOs that were accredited to monitor the 2012 presidential elections. The EU also sent a delegation to monitor the 2012 presidential elections.

In its report on Feb. 4, the European Parliament invited the Egyptian government to request the deployment of an EU Election Observation Mission to monitor the upcoming presidential elections.

Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi made a televised statement on July 3 following the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi and unveiled the features of a roadmap for Egypt’s political future.

The roadmap included empowering the head of Egypt’s High Constitutional Court to run the state until a new president is elected via early presidential polls, forming an interim government, amending 2012 Islamist-dominated constitution, and calling for parliamentary ballot and presidential elections.

On March 12, Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour announced the presidential elections will take place before July 17.

Sisi is expected to announce a presidential bid soon and most analysts said that he would win any popular vote. Head of Popular Current Movement and former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi already announced that he will run for president.

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