In conjunction with the 37th Session 0f UN Human Rights council – Geneva
Three international and local organizations announced an integrity coalition to follow up the presidential elections in Egypt 2018
As part of its preparations for the follow – up to the Egyptian presidential elections, and after obtaining the approval of the National Electoral Commission, and its belief in the importance of integration between local and international follow – up to provide an image closer to perfection about the electoral process evaluation from the perspective of international recognized standards for free and fair elections, it has coincided organizations ” volunteers without borders “(Lebanon), Ecumenical Alliance for Human Rights and Development in Geneva (Switzerland), and Maat foundation for peace, development and human rights(Egypt), to form a coalition of ” integrity “to follow up on the Egyptian presidential elections , 2018 and scheduled The polling phase for Egyptians in the period from 26thto 28th March 2018.
The three organizations held intensive meetings on the sidelines of the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to discuss all the necessary arrangements and agree on the methodology and mechanisms.
The meetings resulted in the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the parties in the coalition that explains the procedures governing the follow-up process, , The schedule of follow-up activities and their geographical spread and the system of issuing reports and statements. The organizations agreed to follow up the stage of publicity, voting, counting, .
It is worth mentioning that the three organizations have got Ali permits for 875 A local observer and 63 international observers of different nationalities. It was agreed that the follow-up process would cover 14 Egyptian governorates with approximately 50% of the total governorates.
The members of the coalition also agree that Mr. Riad Issa, President of the Volunteers Without Borders Association, will be the Coalition’s General Coordinator and Mr. Ayman Okeil, President of Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights, a spokesperson for the coalition and responsible for the local follow-up component . Mr.Ayman Nasri, President of Ecumenical Alliance, will be the international monitoring team leader.
The coalition will begin its work during the campaign phase, which is currently under way with a limited number of international observers and a larger number of local observers, while the coalition will intensify its presence during the polling and counting of Egyptians in the period from 26th to 28th March 2018.
The coalition will issue a set of reports and statements that will show its evaluation of the electoral process by the end of the electoral campaign phase, and daily statements during the voting and counting stages. The coalition will issue a first report to assess the overall electoral process within three days of the conclusion of the polling and counting phase.
It is worth mentioning that the Integrity Coalition adheres to the rules and procedures governing the participation of civil society organizations in the follow-up to electoral processes. It is also based mainly on internationally accepted standards of fairness and freedom of general elections, as well as international instruments for the protection of human rights related to political participation and electoral competition.
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