Human rights, civil organizations prepare to monitor presidential elections
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CAIRO: As Egypt prepares for the forthcoming presidential elections, several civil rights organizations are organizing teams to monitor the vote scheduled to take place May 26 and 27.

A memorandum signed Sunday between the European Union and the High Presidential Electoral Committee will allow for an EU Elections Observation Mission to monitor the upcoming presidential elections.

The National Council for Human Rights will monitor presidential elections through three stages, Abdel Ghafar Shokr, deputy head of NCHR, told Youm7 on Monday.

In the first stage, the council will select human rights organizations that will monitor the elections and then NCHR will train their observers, Shokr said.

Shokr added that they will form a central operations room to receive citizen and observer complaints and will obtain the necessary permits for observers who are selected to monitor the elections.

“The Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement (EACPE) has not presented any requests to monitor the elections, signaling that they are waiting for the Ministry of Social Affairs to issue a letter to the Supreme Electoral Commission,” Magdy Abdel Hamid told Youm7 on Sunday.

Abdel Hamid said the association will provide 1,500 observers for monitoring the elections and criticized the High Presidential Electoral Committee’s performance, saying that the associations and organizations who want to monitor the elections are dealing with more than one administrative body, which has complicated the registration process.

The Ibn Khaldun Center for Democratic Studies developed a training program to assist 3,500 electoral observers to take part in the upcoming presidential elections, Dalia Ziada, the center’s executive director and human rights activist, told Youm7 on March 25.

Ibn Khaldoun Center will consider allocating 7,000 electoral observers, in cooperation with 48 NGOs, to monitor upcoming presidential elections, Ziada told Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper.

Regarding the selection of electoral observers, Ziada told The Cairo Post the process starts by filling out applications. “The selected observers receive a 5-day training course of electoral observation skills,” she said.

The observers will be distributed throughout Egypt’s governorates, except for North and South Sinai due to the unstable security situation.

Additionally reporting by Abdel Lateef Sobh.

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