Brotherhood’s NGOs banned from election monitoring, Min of Solidarity
Leaders of Muslim Brotherhood’s National Alliance to Support Legitimacy during press conference - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: All Muslim Brotherhood associations whose assets had been seized by the government will not be allowed to monitor the upcoming elections, said Khaled Sultan, head of the Central Administration of the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the Ministry of Solidarity on Wednesday evening.

Sultan told Youm7 that the NGOs that received permits to monitor the elections, scheduled on May 26 and 27, are not affiliated to the Brotherhood.

However, there have been reports that one group, Al-Taleea al-Tanmeya w al-Derasat al-Qanouniya, has been allowed to monitor the elections, despite being banned from monitoring the constitutional referendum in January due to its alleged affiliations to the Brotherhood.

On Sept. 23, 2013, Cairo Court of Urgent Matters ordered to dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood group, ban its activities, and seize its associations’ assets. On Dec. 23, 2013, the assets of 1,055 associations had been frozen in banks nationwide, according to state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram.

Further, Alexandria Court for Urgent Matters ruled Tuesday that the High Presidential Elections Commission cannot accept current or former Brotherhood members’ bids for presidential or parliamentary elections, several news outlets reported.

The former administration of the interim government designated the Brotherhood a terrorist group on Dec. 25, 2013, a day after bombings targeted the Dakhahlia Security Directorate, which left 17 dead and 134 injured.

The current Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab issued a decree April 8 enforcing a former administration’s ruling which applied legal penalties to anyone who joins or continues to be a member of the group after the issuance of this decision.

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