CAIRO: EU’s 150 observers have been deployed in their assigned provinces, Deputy Chief of the EU Election Observation Mission to Egypt Nikolai Vulchanov said Friday, according to Al-Ahram.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Vulchanov stressed that the mission was not there to “legitimize” the electoral process or to “validate” the elections results.
“The observers will monitor the ballot-casting, vote-counting, and charting in Egypt’s 27 provinces without interfering in the electoral process,” Vulchanov said.
During the conference, Vulchanov said the mission head Mario David will present the mission’s report on the electoral process to the Egyptian Government a few days after the elections.
“The mission’s final report and recommendations will be finalized within two months of the poll,” he added.
According to the statement, the EU mission already deployed 94 observers in Egypt’s governorate while other 51 observers from the European Parliament and the embassies of EU member states in Egypt are expected to arrive to Cairo during the next few days.
“The mission is tasked with analysis of the legal framework, the performance of the election administration, the complaints, the appeals, the voting, the vote count, tabulation, and finally the result announcement,” Vulchanov said.
Egyptian media reported Saturday that the EU was refraining from deploying monitors because Egyptian authorities did not allow equipment and medical kits into the country.
But the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release on Sunday evening confirming that the issues was solved and the pending equipment will be allowed to be used by the EU delegation that was planning to monitor the elections.
David met with the High Presidential Elections Commission (HPEC) and with the two presidential candidates Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabbahi on Sunday, who both said they were keen on having the EU perform its monitoring mission, as agreed in a protocol signed with Egypt last April.
The African Union, the Arab League, and the Arab Parliament will participate in monitoring Egypt’s presidential elections scheduled for May 26 and 27.
This is the first Egyptian elections to be observed by an EU mission.