Nazaha coalition launched to monitor 2024 Egyptian presidential elections

Ahram Online , Thursday 23 Nov 2023

The Nazaha coalition, which has supporters in 34 countries, has been launched to monitor Egypt's Presidential Elections, according to a statement released by the coalition on Thursday.

File photo of a voter at a polling station in Egypt. (Photo:Reuters)


Maat for Peace, Development, and Human Rights, along with five foreign organizations and two Egyptian organizations, announced the formation of the Nazaha (Integrity) coalition.

The coalition includes the Echo Organization from Greece, the Elizka Foundation from Ghana, the Human Act from Romania, the Uganda National NGO Forum (UNNGOF), the Gals Forum International from Uganda, Maat for Peace, Development, and Human Rights from Egypt, and Partners for Transparency from Egypt. 

The establishment of the Coalition “stems from the shared belief among these organizations in the significance of combining local and international monitoring efforts to assess the electoral process per internationally recognized standards for free and fair elections,” read the announcement.

Kofi Kankam, Chair of the NGO Group in Africa affiliated with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and founder of Elizka Relief Foundation in Ghana, will lead the coalition. 

Meanwhile, Ayman Okeil, Chairman of Maat for Peace, Development, and Human Rights, will be the spokesperson for the coalition.  

The coalition affirmed its commitment to adhering to the rules and procedures set by the National Elections Authority (NEA) regarding the participation of civil society organizations in monitoring the electoral processes. 

"The coalition is grounded in internationally recognized standards for ensuring the integrity and freedom of elections, as well as international instruments safeguarding human rights related to political participation and promoting fair competition," Nazaha declared.

In 2018, the Nazaha coalition monitored Egypt's electoral process and declared it void of voter fraud and manipulation, Okail said during a press conference following the election of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi for another term. 

Campaigns for the presidential elections will conclude on 8 December. 

Egyptians can vote on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, 10-12 December.

Expats and Egyptians temporarily travelling abroad may cast their ballots on 1-3 December. 

The four presidential candidates are incumbent President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, who is running for a third term; Farid Zahran, the candidate of the opposition Social Democratic Party; Abdel-Sanad Yamama, the candidate of the Wafd Party; and Hazem Omar, the candidate of the People's Republican Party.

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