Egypt Electoral Commission receives civil society requests to monitor polls

MENA, Saturday 2 Nov 2013

Civil society organizations wishing to monitor upcoming referendum and election polls should submit requests to the Supreme Electoral Commission by 9 November

File photo: Men queue outside a polling station to vote during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's 2012 constitution in Bani Sweif, about 115 km (71 miles) south of Cairo December 22, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

From 2 November until 9 November, the Supreme Electoral Commission will receive requests from both local and international civil society organizations that wish to monitor the upcoming referendum and election polls.

The applications for monitoring permits will apply to the constitutional referendum as well as to the upcoming parliamentary elections. The Commission, headed by Judge Nabil Salib, will receive applications daily from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

A 50-member committee is currently amending the 2012 constitution, which is scheduled to be put to a national referendum after it is submitted for approval by interim president Adly Mansour on 3 December.

The referendum and the parliamentary elections come as part of the new roadmap set after the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July.

The Commission's spokesperson Hisham Mokhtar said that the organizations approved for monitoring will be announced by 17 November. The approved organizations will then be offered codes through which monitors can be registered on the Supreme Electoral Commission's website before 27 November. By 5 December the monitors will be offered permits to observe referendum and election polls.

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