Egyptian NGOs report some poll violations

Ahram Online , Monday 26 May 2014

Some NGO observers reportedly barred from polling stations, according to report

The NGO coalition the Egyptian Alliance to Monitor Elections issued a report on Monday afternoon documented alleged violations at polling stations, on the first day of Egypt's presidential election.

According to the alliance the main violation recorded was prevention of representatives of the candidates' campaigns from being allowed access to polling stations. NGO observers were also reportedly barred access at some polling stations.

The alliance also noted incidents of campaigning directly outside polling stations, which is forbidden by Egyptian law.

The alliance is made up of 128 local NGOs, including the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights, the Egyptian Centre for Women's Rights, and Andulus NGO. 

This election is also being monitored by a number of international delegations, including a team from the EU, the AU, the Arab League, and the Arab Parliament.


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