Egypt's presidential elections process allowed voters to exercise their rights freely: AL mission

Amr Yahia , Thursday 14 Dec 2023

Ambassador Khalil Ibrahim Al-Zuwadi, the head of the Arab League (AL) mission to monitor the 2024 Egyptian presidential elections, affirmed that the polling took place per the legal framework governing the electoral process, enabling voters to exercise their electoral rights freely.

Khalil Ibrahim Al-Duwadi
Ambassador Khalil Ibrahim Al-Duwadi, the Assistant Secretary-General. Al-Ahram


Ambassador Al-Zuwadi, who is the Assistant Secretary-General of the AL, expressed satisfaction with the League's mission for the well-prepared and organized electoral process.

This came during a press conference, held at the AL headquarters in Cairo, to announce the preliminary statement of the Arab League mission for monitoring the 2024 presidential elections in Egypt.

 Al-Zuwadi noted the calm and orderly atmosphere in which the elections were conducted.

The mission will issue its final report, including detailed observations and recommendations, after the period allocated for appeals and the announcement of the final results, which will be announced on 18 December if no run-off is required.

The mission’s report will be submitted to the Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit to be subsequently sent to the relevant authorities in the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Al-Zuwadi congratulated Egypt's leadership, government, and people on the success of the 2024 presidential elections.

He emphasized that the National Electoral Authority (NEA) in Egypt has become a centre of expertise for Arab countries that can be utilized in conducting elections and democratic processes.

During the press conference, Ambassador Al-Zuwadi presented the Arab League mission's observations on the various stages of the electoral process, confirming that the legal framework governing the electoral process is generally consistent with the international electoral commitments outlined in the international treaties adopted by Egypt.

This legal framework includes the constitution of Egypt, laws related to the electoral process, and decisions issued by the NEA.

No significant changes were made to the legal framework compared to the last presidential elections in 2018.

He stated that the NEA accumulated experience through organizing numerous elections since its establishment.

The head of the Arab League mission highlighted how the NEA prepared for the electoral event by designing a tight schedule, allowing sufficient time for each stage of the electoral process.

To facilitate the voting process, the NEA allowed changes in polling stations and set up special polling stations for voters coming from different provinces, distributed across various Egyptian governorates.

This contributed to easing the voters' exercise of their electoral rights, Al-Zuwadi added.

The preliminary results of Egypt's 2024 presidential elections vote count indicate that incumbent President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is leading with over 90 percent of the votes, Extra News TV channel reported on Wednesday.

The channel added that presidential candidates Farid Zahran, representing the Social Democratic Party, and Hazem Omar, representing the People's Republican Party, are competing to secure second place, citing preliminary results conducted by the general committees in various governorates across Egypt.

The NEA started to receive appeals against the electoral commission’s decisions on Thursday and will rule on them on 15-16 December.

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