African Union official recommends not to observe Egypt elections
Egypt’s presidential Elections - YOUM7/Salah Saied

CAIRO: Head of the Peace and Security Department of the Commission of the African Union Paul Lolo Bolus recommended Saturday that the commission do not send observers to monitor Egypt’s upcoming presidential elections in May, the Anadolu Agency reported Monday.

The recommendation has caused condemnation by some in Egypt.

Deputy Head of the Conference Party Salah Hasab Allah said Monday that Bolus’ recommendation “is irregular and would not be approved by the African Union,” Youm7 reported.

Hasab Allah also condemned Bolus’ publicized stance regarding a rejection of the candidacy of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, and his describing the June 30 events as a “coup.”

He said Egypt’s door is open for any organizations to monitor the elections, Youm7 reported.

Tamarod spokesperson Iman al-Mahdy said Bolus’ recommendation is meant to please political entities that aim to interfere in Egypt’s internal affairs, Youm7 reported.

According to Anadolu Agency, Bolus’ recommendation came during secret voting in a department meeting regarding participating in the election process since former Minister of Defense Sisi has decided to run for elections, which is against the African Union accords.

Mahdy said that Egypt has faced such challenges before during the June 30 events, when the European Union stance was against the interim administration, but their stance later changed in response to the revealing of Muslim Brotherhood violations.

International law expert Ayman Salama, who is a members of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, said Bolus’ statement about the candidacy of Sisi endangering the first presidential elections following the ouster of Mohamed Morsi “is unacceptable and lacks truth,” Al-Ahram reported Saturday.

The African Union suspended Egypt’s membership in the union on July 5, 2013, following the ouster of President Morsi on July 3.

Additional reporting by Ramy Said.

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