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The European Parliament Ceases Supervision over Egyptian Election
The European Parliament Ceases Supervision over Egyptian Election In light of negative instances detected by the delegation of the European Parliament during the first phase of the Egyptian parliamentary polls, the delegation resolved not to continue its supervision during the third stage.   The ambassador of the EU in Cairo has called for an equal chance for all c
Friday, November 25,2005 00:00
by (Islam online)

The European Parliament Ceases Supervision over Egyptian Election

In light of negative instances detected by the delegation of the European Parliament during the first phase of the Egyptian parliamentary polls, the delegation resolved not to continue its supervision during the third stage.

 

The ambassador of the EU in Cairo has called for an equal chance for all candidates to announce their electoral programs at the stat-owned media, and to secure the voting process. He has also called for larger participation of voters in the polling process.

 

On its web site, the delegation explained on Nov22 that its return to Cairo to oversee the third round of vote is useless. "Our negative impression is highlighted by the reports of the Egyptian NGOs and the violent events marred the second phase".  

 

’We are informed about vote buying, collective electoral enrollment, and transferring of voters. In addition, we witnessed, voters’ intimidation,’ said Edward McLennan Scot, the chairman of the delegation. ’We noticed that the ruling National Democratic Party grabs via a number of pre-known measures,’ he added.

 

McLennan suggested the return of the delegation to Cairo to ’hold talks with the Egyptian parliament, with government, with the National Center for Human Right, and with NGOs about being financed by the EU.’

 

’This support includes financial, technical and training items that help systematic voters’ registering and provide more transparent future polls’ 

 

After witnessing the first phase of election, McLennan has stated, to el-Misery el-Youm newspapers, that the first round of vote lacked fairness and justice but he noted to the general progress in the Egyptian election.

 


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