NEA affirms holding Egypt's presidential elections according to law and international standards

Ahram Online , Tuesday 23 Jan 2018

The head of the NEA received a delegation from the US embassy and the Mexican ambassador at the authority's headquarters on Tuesday

Men walk in front of the National Election Authority, which is in charge of supervising the 2018 presidential election in Cairo, Egypt, January 22, 2018 REUTERS

Egypt's Head of the National Elections Authority (NEA) Lashin Ibrahim affirmed the keenness of all authority members to hold the upcoming presidential elections in accordance with the law and internationally recognized standards.

Lashin's statements came as he received a high-level delegation from the US embassy as well as the Mexican ambassador at the NEA headquarters in Cairo on Tuesday.

Lashin pointed out that the judicial supervision of the Egyptian presidential elections during all of its stages constitutes a firm guarantee of the transparency and integrity of the election process.

During the meeting, Lashin reviewed the detailed responsibilities of the NEA and the laws regulating its operation of the presidential elections. These include the preparation of the voter database, issuance of election cards, calling on voters to vote, as well as procedures to ensure the impartiality, integrity and transparency of the electoral process, right up to the announcement of the results.

Lashin stressed that the NEA is a fully independent body, completely self-governed away from the State according to the law and constitution, with no party whatsoever having the right to intervene with its decisions or procedures.

For its part, the US delegation praised the NEA's procedures aimed at holding and facilitating the presidential elections, especially the possibility of appealing its decisions before the country's High Administrative Court.

The NEA, which was created by a presidential decree in August 2017, is an independent authority with sole responsibility for supervising general elections and referendums in Egypt.

The 10-member authority is led by the deputy-head of the Court of Cassation.

The upcoming presidential elections, scheduled on 16, 17 and 18 March, are Egypt's third since the January 25 uprising. The latest was held in 2014, resulting in Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi assuming office after he secured 96 percent of the vote, beating his sole competitor, leftist politician and leader of the Egyptian Popular Current, Hamdeen Sabahi.

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