NCHR asks HEC to extend registration window for NGOs to monitor elections
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CAIRO: The National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) called on the High Elections Committee (HEC) to extend the period of receiving non-governmental organizations requests to monitor parliamentary elections scheduled from March 21, although the window of registration ended Tuesday.

“The council received some requests from civil society organizations wishing to follow the elections to ask the High Elections Committee to extend the period,” the NCHR said Thursday in a statement.

The NCHR held eight meetings with a number of NGOs nationwide to coordinate the process of monitoring the election of the representative body, the statement added.

The HEC opened the window for NGOs to register to monitor elections Jan. 12, and closed it Jan. 20.

To be able to participate in monitoring the elections, local NGOs must receive a permit from the Ministry of Solidarity and then submit a request to the HEC, head of Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) Hafez Abu Seada told The Cairo Post Jan. 18.

A number of local organizations have lamented the “slow pace” of the processing of their requests at the Ministry of Solidarity, and many of them requested the HEC to extend the registration period.

Additional reporting by Nourhan Magdi

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