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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Life's Little Victories: Election monitors

An Egyptian court has ruled against the government and allowed local NGO monitoring of the elections. The Egyptian judiciary has authorised local non-governmental organisations to monitor the historic 7 September poll, a decision hailed as a major step towards ensuring a more transparent election. [...] Overruling the electoral commission's earlier decision to ban independent NGOs, an administrative court argued that "the monitoring process was not part of the commission's prerogatives", judiciary sources said. Judge Faruq Abdel Kader said the presence of independent Egyptian civil society groups was necessary to ensure "the transparency of the vote". A coalition of independent NGOs had filed the case with a Cairo administrative court demanding the electoral commission go back on its decision to restrict supervision duties to the country's judges. Decisions by the electoral commission cannot be overruled, but the judiciary circumvented the problem by ruling that the issue of monitoring was outside the commission's competence. Alright Egypt's judges! This of course, will cause the Egyptian government to create more and more polling stations (9000 now and counting) in order to be able to forge the elections easier. This is becoming very complicated for them; they never had to work so hard at cheating before. I blame Bush personally!


At 9/04/2005 03:15:00 AM, Blogger free soul said...

the presidential committe refused to work with this order as I heard earlier today :D

At 9/04/2005 04:17:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

No way.


Those people are unbelievable!

At 9/04/2005 08:15:00 AM, Anonymous Me,Myself and I said...

well it was expected that they would accept the ruling..but in and by itself it is a victory for the groups that went to court...baby steps of democracy (Laura Bush)..this PEC seems to be really diservicing Mubarak..he brought it in in order to make believe that we have an "independent" commission like Oroupa we al alam al Motakadem actually other developing countries have solid electoral commissions that we can learn from) but in a way, most of its practices, measures and modus operandi is sure contriubting to taking away from his legitmacy--probably the legal and political one..ya haram ya HosHos.


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