Egypt Limits Observers' Access to Referendum Vote | Freedom House

Egypt Limits Observers' Access to Referendum Vote

Washington
Freedom House is disappointed with the decision of Egypt’s Judicial High Committee, which is supervising this Saturday’s referendum on constitutional amendments, to limit the access of domestic and international monitoring groups to the polls.
Egyptian monitoring groups were informed that their access will depend on the consent of the supervising judges at polling places, and that their observers will be vetted by Judicial High Committee officials. International organizations must be registered to work in Egypt before they can be accredited to observe the election process. These restrictions contradict international standards for election observation, which allow full access to the entire election process.
“The face of the new and, we hope, democratic Egypt is being tested for the first time during the Saturday referendum,” said David J. Kramer, executive director of Freedom House. “Limiting access for election monitors does not inspire the confidence of Egypt’s voters and sends the wrong message to the international community about Egypt’s progress since the historic uprising last month.”
Egypt is ranked Not Free in Freedom in the World 2011, Freedom House’s survey of political rights and civil liberties, and Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2010.
 
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