5 Rights groups to establish ‘National Observatory for Electoral Integrity’
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CAIRO: Five rights organizations are to establish the National Observatory for the Electoral Integrity to monitor Egypt’s upcoming parliamentary elections, Youm7 reported Wednesday.

The observatory will include five organizations: The Egyptian Association for the Assistance of Juveniles and Human Rights (EAAJHR,) Siza Nabarawy Center for Law and Women’s Rights, El-Mahrousa Center for Socioeconomic Development (MCSD,) the Regional Center for Development and Media Studies and the news network “Men Qalb al-Hadas.”

The five organizations are to hold a coordination meeting Sunday to launch the observatory, which is released from the Egyptian campaign to monitor 2015 elections “Egyptians, Monitor Your Elections.”

In July, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has ratified the amendments of the electoral constituencies law, necessary to hold Egypt’s long-awaited parliamentary elections.

The parliament election is the final step in a political roadmap that the army had announced in July 2013.

Before the law was declared unconstitutional, the parliamentary elections were scheduled to take place over two phases, with the first taking place March 22-23 and the second phase running from April 26 –27.

Egypt has not had a parliament after its 2012 Muslim Brotherhood-dominated parliament was dissolved in 2013, months after the military-backed ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

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