CAIRO: More than 60 foreign embassies in Egypt will be allowed to monitor the parliamentary elections, set to begin in Egypt Oct. 18, Youm7 reported.
The decision was issued by the High Elections Committee (HEC,) which approved embassies’ requests. The HEC will submit the authorizations to the embassies by the next week.
Among these embassies are: the United States, Germany, European Union, Indonesia, Japan, India as well as other African countries.
The HEC spokesperson, Omar Marwan, said in Thursday press statements that the decision is a “good step that falls in the interest of the electoral process.”
A total of 17, 465 local observers from 81 local organizations and 717 foreign observers from seven international organizations will monitor the first phase of the elections, set to begin Oct. 18 in 14 governorates.
The National Council for Human Rights and 136 organizations have announced forming an operations room will follow Egyptian expatriates’ complaints during the voting process in the parliamentary elections, set to begin Oct. 17-18 abroad.
Some 2,573 independent candidates, including 112 women, will be competing for 226 seats, while six party lists will be competing for 60 seats, making the total number of parliament seats available in the first phase 286.