Government, political forces and activists prepare to observe presidential election

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Fayza Abouelnaga said on Tuesday that the Cabinet is meeting on Wednesday to monitor the presidential election.

Meanwhile, Justice Minister Adel Abdel Hamid is forming an operations room for the same purpose. “People can call 19303 about any problem,” he said.

Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri gave government employees one day off during the election that would be held on Wednesday and Thursday. Each institution would alternate the days so that work is not impeded.

Ganzoury called on all citizens to participate in the election as a duty. He also urged them to accept the decision of the majority. “I hope the election would pass peacefully,” he said. “And I call on all political forces to accept the result.”

Political and revolutionary forces, as well as trade unions, all formed operations rooms in various governorates, while the Judges for Egypt Movement assigned 350 judges and 1,500 observers to monitor the process.

Also, 9,457 observers from 53 different human rights organization accredited by the Presidential Elections Commission would be present at the various polling stations, while many other organizations would still do some monitoring though they did not obtain permits.

The Carter Center allowed 22 international observers from 14 countries to observe the campaigning, the voting and the counting, and Jimmy Carter met with Ganzouri on Tuesday to discuss the democratization process in Egypt.

The Muslim Brotherhood is forming 300 operation rooms and 30 committees to monitor violations, and is dispatching 70,000 representatives to the polling stations. 

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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