CAIRO: The Carter Center “lost credibility” after it announced its “assessment” of the presidential elections ahead of the vote, head of the Arab League delegation tasked with monitoring the poll Haifa Abou Ghazala told Al-Qahera Wal Nas channel Thursday.
The center released a statement on May 16 expressing its concern about “restrictive” political and legal context, “lack of a competitive campaign environment,” and “political polarization” ahead of the elections.
The Carter Center’s statement included a number of recommendations to “open political space before the presidential elections” and to “advance political accommodation” ahead of parliamentary elections.
Hafez Abu Seda, member of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), speculated in the same Al-Qahera Wal Nas interview that the Carter Center limited its observation to the context of the elections rather than the electoral process itself as a result of “its position on what happened in Egypt on June 30.”
“[The Carter Center] shares some of the views and attitudes that say [the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi was an obstruction of the democratic path and an exclusion of a faction. The president was democratically elected… that is the perspective against the will of the Egyptian people,” Abu Seda said.
“They did not see the will of Egyptians on the streets. What happened on July 3 should be viewed in the light of June 30 demonstrations,” he added.
Abu Seda said the Carter Center wanted licenses monitoring the elections three or four months prior the actual event, adding that this is not “the High Presidential Election Commission’s (HPEC) tradition.”
After the 2012 presidential elections, the Carter Center complained in a statement on June 19, 2012 of “late accreditation” from HPEC and other restrictions, such as being denied access to the central count. It stated that it would not monitor future elections under similar circumstances.
According to Abu Seda, 30,000 to 40,000 observers will witness the elections, including the European Union, the African Union, and the International Francophone Organization.
Head of NCHR Mohamed Faeq said it trained 6,500 observers from 38 organizations to witness the voting, MENA reported Friday.
A judicial source told Youm7 Friday that over 15,000 judges will supervise polling stations across the country.
HPEC announced on March 30 that the elections would be held on May 26 and 27.