80 local and 6 int’l NGOs to take part in monitoring presidential elections
Abdel Aziz Salman , secretary-general of HPEC - YOUM7/Hazem Abd elsamad
By RANY MOSTAFA

CAIRO: The Secretary General of the Supreme Electoral Commission (SEC), Abdel Aziz Salman announced on Friday that eighty local and six international NGOs will take part in monitoring the presidential elections on May26 and 27, according to Al-Ahram.

120 local and 13 international NGOs initially applied to monitor the elections, out of which eighty local and six international NGOs were approved to monitor the elections, said Salman.

“The selection was based on three criteria,” said Salman. The are the NGO’s experience in monitoring past elections, financial and administrative backing, along with having enough observers to monitor the elections in more than 14,000 polling stations and to provide neutral reports covering the whole country.

Among the accepted NGOs are the Global Networks for Rights and Development (GNRD), the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), the International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights, the Carter Center and the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA), said Salman.

An Election Observation Mission from the Arab Parliament is also set to monitor Egypt’s presidential elections, according to Youm7.

On April 13, Head of the EU Delegation to Egypt James Moran and a representative of Egypt’s High Presidential Elections Committee (HPEC) signed a memorandum of understanding to monitor Egypt’s presidential elections.

The presidential elections law has set 20 million EGP as a spending limit for each candidate.

The first round of presidential elections is scheduled to take place on May 26 and 27, while the second round, if necessary, would take place on June 16 and 17.

The new president should be sworn in early June, but in the case of run-off elections, the date will be pushed to mid-June.

Based on his sweeping popularity, which has skyrocketed since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is widely expected to lead the May 26-27 presidential elections.

Hamden Sabbahi, a leftist politician who came third in the 2012 presidential elections, is the other declared contender, whose popularity notably increased amongst activists and those who support a civilian president.

UPDATE 30 APRIL 15:55 – The International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights was incorrectly listed as the International Center for Transitional Justice in the original version of this article. 

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