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Egypt’s parliamentary elections in the spotlight

Daily News Egypt highlights the most prominent structures that will observe the second parliamentary elections to be held post- January 2011

By Mina Ibrahim

Local and international organisations have set their final preparations for the 2015 parliamentary elections that begins on Sunday.

The second parliamentary election to be held post January 2011 Uprising is believed to be the third and final step of a roadmap that was announced after the removal of former president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July, 2013.

The first parliament was dissolved in June 2012 upon a court order which considered the elections law unconstitutional.

Omar Marawan, spokesperson of the Supreme Electoral Council (SEC), said through a press conference last Sunday that a large number of foreign embassies in Egypt, in addition to governmental and non-governmental local and international organisations, would observe the 2015 elections.

Last February, the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) had planned to observe the 2015 Egyptian parliamentary election when it was supposed to be held between March and May 2015 before it was delayed for legal issues.

Furthermore, the Egyptian Coalition for the Elections Observation organised Wednesday an event for the 120 local organisations distributed among the 26 Egyptian governorates that make-up the structure of the Coalition.

In an official statement, the coalition declared that it will take care of the voting procedures of the elections through 7,000 well-trained observers in coordination with the Egyptian Organization of Human Rights and the Union for Human Rights and Transitional Justice.

Moreover, Ayman Okeil, coordinator of Maat international observation mission, announced Saturday that the mission held a meeting with a number of journalists and representatives of media agencies to inform about the plan of the mission.

Okeil added that the members of the mission will also organise internal meetings to declare the strategy by which it will observe elections.

The mission, which will be divided into 37 groups, is composed of 150 observers from 42 Arab, African, and European countries in addition to the US and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

The mission declared that the groups will observe the voting procedures in 70 constituencies in only seven out of the 14 governorates in which the first round of the elections will take place. These are: Giza, Fayoum, Suez, Minya, Sohag, Alexandria, and Beheira.


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