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Jimmy Carter arrives in Cairo to follow 3rd-round runoff polls

Former US president to visit polling stations, oversee vote-counting and meet with political, civil society representatives

Ahram Online , Tuesday 10 Jan 2012
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Former US president Jimmy Carter arrived in Cairo on ‎Monday to observe third-stage runoff elections in Egypt’s ‎first post-Mubarak parliamentary polls.‎

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Carter is scheduled to visit ‎several polling stations throughout Cairo and oversee the ‎vote-counting process. ‎

While in Cairo, the former US president is also expected ‎to meet with a number of civil society representatives and ‎political parties, along with independent parliamentary ‎candidates and government officials, to discuss the latest ‎developments in Egypt’s post-revolution political arena.‎

Carter is head of the Carter Centre, a US-based NGO ‎devoted to promoting democracy. The centre has been ‎allowed to monitor Egypt’s polls despite official rejection ‎of international oversight by the country’s ruling military ‎council. ‎

The Carter Centre is considered one of the most ‎important NGOs in the world in terms of international ‎electoral supervision.‎

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