LCHR,s preliminary report of the parliamentary elections in Egypt
|Saturday, November 12,2005 00:00|
|By [email protected]|
The Egyptian farmers in the parliamentary elections ask the government of the national party ... where is the promised change and reform?
The Egyptian government is trying to catch up with the political and economic reform project in the region after the American initiative about reforming the Middle East. The parliamentary elections come after the amendment of the Egyptian constitution a few months ago to make it look legitimate for President Hosny Mubarak to continue as ruler of the country. As the last amendment stated that it is possible for political party representatives to nominate themselves for the position of presidency, but the binds and almost impossible conditions put in this amendment hindered them from practicing their right in participation, as it is conditioned for the candidate to receive no less than 5% of the votes of the parliament members. Here comes the importance of the parliamentary elections, as forming this parliament will play an important role in preparing the political atmosphere for the government to step toward the possible reform in the next few years despite the continue of the deterioration of the political, economic and social rights and that the parliamentary elections might not lead to the change that government is talking about.
The first round (stage) of the parliamentary elections was held in 9/11/2005, and there are still two more stages which will be held in 20/11/2005 – 1/12/2005. the elections were held in an atmosphere of cautiousness and anticipation by the majority of the political forces, as th government has promised not to interfere for the benefit of its’ candidates and allowed CSOs to monitor and supervise the lections.
The first stage was held to choose 164 deputies from about 1620 candidates who represent the different political parties, forces, trends and movements in 82 constituencies representing 8 governorates (Cairo, Giza, Monofeya, Bany Swief, Menya, Asute, Matrooh, El Wady El Gedeed)
Voters have gone to the public and branch electoral committees (10644 branch lectoral committees and 3162 electoral headquarters) to vote in 8 governorates. Despite th success of a number of the national party members, but most of the results indicate that the final decision for this stage wasn’t determined yet, as mos of the chairs will be running over again nest Tuesday.
The LCHR has received a number of initial notes and remarks by its’ delegates from the different governorates as follows:
Monshat El Qanater:
El Rahawy village:
Bany Swief Governorate:
At the night before the elections, the local administration at the governorate has contacted village Chiefs and Sheikhs to mobilize voters for the benefit of the national party candidates. The symbols of the independent candidates were changed several times to confuse voters, while the symbols of the national party candidates were the same and unchanged all over the country so that voters easily recognize them. Security harassments were practiced against the Brothers candidate and those who support the Muslim Brothers trend. Most of the young people and youths don’t know the location of the committees that they have to vote in. there were many mistakes in the voters names and there were names of deceased people in the lists of some committees.
The LCHR will collect all notes, remarks and results to issue an evaluative report for the parliamentary elections. We hope that these elections be impartial and avoid violence to encourage citizens in practicing their political rights and guarantee a safer, more just and human future for everyone. and guarantee a safer, more just and human future for everyone.
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