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EU declines to send observers to Egypt presidential polls

European Union would send a team that would have a "more limited nature and scope of elections' observation, restricted only to Cairo"

AFP, Saturday 17 May 2014
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The European Union said Saturday it would not send observers to Egypt for the country's May 26-27 presidential election, as certain conditions necessary to do the job have not been met.

A spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the bloc had begun to deploy a mission in the second half of April, but standard EU observation rules "include a number of specific requirements that need to be in place for the election observers to be able to perform their duties."

"Despite our best efforts, these requirements have not been met and the timely deployment of the EOM is no longer possible," the spokesman said in a statement.

Giving details of the issue, a European source said the observers were meant to be deployed throughout Egypt, but "it proved impossible to have the telecommunication equipment and medical kits essential to ensure the security and safety of observers released on time".

"It is now too late for the long term observers to conduct a meaningful observation," said the source.

As a result, the European Union would send a team that would have a "more limited nature and scope of elections' observation, restricted only to Cairo".

"We still count on the full support of the Egyptian authorities to facilitate the work of the Election Assessment Team in the fulfillment of its mission and provide the necessary security," added the spokesman.

Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is tipped to win the poll easily.

 

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18-05-2014 05:10pm
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the observers already in Cairo staying in one hotel there must be something they ask against the wish of the country security I know if they are in our country they have to follow our rules and we are responsible for their safety and security but to start brining your own equipment and later on you leave it for some groups to start fighting the country this not right and should not happen although every body saying SISI will win but the other one have equal chances if he got supported
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Allen
18-05-2014 08:26am
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Absent for obvious reason.
Not all brotherhood terrorists are behind safe cages.... Same reason tourists avoid Egypt.
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khalid
18-05-2014 03:40am
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this clearly shows EU has no confidence in Egypt’s election
EU's decline to send observers sends a clear message they have no confidence in the security and the overall Egypt's fake election only one horse is going to race with itself. As a result the election(selection) is going to be a farce. Onother blow.
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George Stubb, London
17-05-2014 11:03pm
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Farcical Egyptians
There can be no genuine elections under a Justice system that sentences thousands of people to death for criticizing a criminal army general who overthres a democratically-elected president.
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nadim
17-05-2014 09:49pm
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Cowardly
oh thank you EU for leaving us to years more of dictatorship.
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