HEC approves 5 int’l election monitors
Parliamentary elections - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The High Elections committee (HEC) announced Monday it approved five international organizations to monitor the coming parliamentary elections, which are scheduled to begin its first phases March 21 and 22.

According to a decision released by the HEC, the approved international organizations are: Democracy International (DI,) Global Network For Rights And Development (GNRD,) International Institute for Peace Justice and Human Rights (IIPJHR), Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) and Ecumenical Alliance for Human Rights and Development (EAHRD).

The African Union (AU) will send a 50-60 member mission to Egypt monitor the March elections, stated the Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel-Atty Sunday.

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

Many NGOs lamented the limited time available for them to finish required papers to register for monitoring the 2015 parliamentary elections, with many of them calling for extending the registration period.

Some 55 million voters are eligible to cast their ballots to elect the country’s new House of Representatives over a 47-day voting period.

The European Parliament announced that it would not send Egypt a “full mission” to monitor the parliamentary elections.

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