Egypt's National Council on Human Rights demands ban of campaigning in houses of worship
Ahram Online, Tuesday 25 Dec 2012
National Council on Human Rights makes a slew of recommendations after monitoring the last referendum, urging, for instance, a ban against campaigning in houses of worship

The National Council of Human Rights recommends Egyptian election laws follow international standards, demanding that legislation be developed to ban election campaigning in all houses of worship as well as banning religious slogans in campaigns.

The NCHR announced their recommendations Tuesday, after making conclusions from monitoring the referendum on the constitution, which concluded on Saturday.

They also urged in their statement that adequate legal procedures be taken against the complaints and violations observed by monitors.

Monitoring rights for all non-governmental organisations be legislated for future polls was another recommendation.

The NCHR, which received 1137 complaints during both phases of the referendum on 15 and 22 December, stressed the reallocation of constituents in poll stations to avoid over-crowdedness in queues, which led some voters to leave without voting after having waited for hours.

Also, the council requested the facilitation of voting for disabled citizens.

The contentious draft constitution was approved in the national referendum. An unofficial tally gives results of around 64 per cent voting ‘Yes.’

The Supreme Electoral Commission is set to announce the official result Tuesday evening.