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  • Title: Fourth Press Release For The First Day of Egyptian Presidential Elections » The Egyptian Association For Community Participation Enhancement
    Descriptive info: 30.. Fourth Press Release For The First Day of Egyptian Presidential Elections.. 24-05-2012, 15:59.. : 527 |.. Fourth Press Release.. First Day of Egyptian Presidential Elections- 23rd May 2012.. In its continued effort to monitor proceedings of the first day of Egyptian Presidential Elections, the Egyptian Mission for Monitoring Presidential Elections (EMMPE) reached the following observations:.. The Electoral Process Organization.. Lack of experience of the administrative assistants organizing electoral process in polling centers is still hindering and slowing proceedings of the first voting day, the slow performance causes voters to wait for long times, some of them left without voting.. In addition, it was hard to vote in some polling centers which stopped working for security reasons and voters were moved to other centers 7 kilometers away from original centers, this was very confusing.. Election Campaigning.. Election campaigning is still running and increasing while the first voting day is coming to its end.. Most of the violations in this regard are related to candidate Mr.. Ahmed Shafik, Egyptian Mission for Monitoring Presidential Elections (EMMPE) s operation room received many frequent complaints of  ...   and Dr.. Abdul Monem Abul Fotouh.. Closing of Polling Stations:.. According to EMMPE s observers, many polling centers all over the country (specially in Assuit, Fayoum, Algharbya, Cairo and Al Dakahlya Governorates) were closed at 8 pm; this is considered a clear violation of the Presidential Election Commission (PEC) decision to extend voting one more hour to end at 9 pm.. Chairmen of these centers claimed that they were not officially informed of PEC s decision in this regard.. In other cases, polling station continued working until 9.. 00 pm then asked voters to leave and vote tomorrow, this is also considered a violation to the abovementioned PEC s decision which states that all voters existing in polling centers campus should be able to vote even if voting time is over.. Operation Room.. Egyptian Mission for Monitoring Presidential Election.. 10:00 pm.. In case of inquiries, please communicate with the EMMPE operation room:.. Telephone / Fax: 0227957674 Email:.. cpe_eg@yahoo.. com.. Website:.. www.. mosharka.. org.. Ehab Rady: 01224001969 Fathi Farid: 01282993820 Atef Hafiz: 0122250260.. Walid Abdul-Halim: 01227665452 Magdy Abdel Fattah: 01069643258.. Print.. Home Page..

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  • Title: Articles for May 2012 Year » The Egyptian Association For Community Participation Enhancement
    Descriptive info: Third Statement For The First Day of Egyptian Presidential Elections.. 24-05-2012, 13:30.. : 513 |.. In an incident that clearly violates citizens right in.. monitoring the electoral process, and violates the.. right of access to information, Counselor Ahmed.. Diab sent a complain to the Egyptian Mission for.. Monitoring Presidential Election Operation Room.. saying that his son was detained in Dokky.. police.. station.. Second Statement for the First Day of Egyptian Presidential Elections.. 24-05-2012, 13:06.. : 616 |.. With the relative increase  ...   many.. poling.. centers, such as: insufficient number or.. abilities of.. administrative assistants facilitating.. voting procedures.. First Statement for The First Day of the Presidential Election.. 23-05-2012, 17:35.. : 605 |.. The Egyptian Mission for Monitoring the Presidential Election (EMMPE) is one of the popular human rights initiatives that aim at monitoring the presidential election 2012.. 26 Egyptian human rights organizations participate at EMMPE, in cooperation with 150 Egyptian public figures includes parliamentarians, activities, jurists, writers, artists, trade union members and others..

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  • Title: Press release - Orchestrated campaign against human rights organizations » The Egyptian Association For Community Participation Enhancement
    Descriptive info: Press release - Orchestrated campaign against human rights organizations.. 15-02-2012, 16:13.. : 807 |.. February 15, 2012.. Orchestrated campaign against.. human rights organizations:.. Facts absent; the public intentionally misled.. Press release.. The undersigned organizations strongly condemn the ongoing slandering and intimidation of civil society organizations, particularly human rights groups, and note that the referral of 43 Egyptian and foreign nationals to a criminal court is politically motivated.. The affected institutions have been operating for several years without being asked to suspend their activities and without their offices being shut down.. Moreover, in October the Egyptian government asked two of these organizations to monitor the parliamentary elections, although Article 2 of Decree 20/2011 regulating the role of civil society in monitoring elections - issued by the chair of the Supreme Elections Commission - specifically bars non-Egyptian NGOs from monitoring elections unless they present a permit from the Foreign Ministry authorizing them to do so in Egypt.. Although this permit is limited to election monitoring, it nevertheless legitimizes the licensed organizations, insofar as a permit to engage in such a specific activity necessarily assumes the organization s legal, legitimate presence in Egypt.. In a sudden disregard of these facts, the raiding the offices of these and other Egyptian organizations with armed forces and their referral to trial raise numerous questions.. Indeed, it makes one question whether this development is in fact based on considerations for the rule of law and judicial independence, as senior government officials claim.. The first to testify to the lack of judicial independence in Egypt are senior Egyptian judges themselves, along with those who struggle for the rule of law and truth in Egypt, regardless of their political affiliations.. Judges supporting the movement for judicial autonomy fought for decades and continue to fight to achieve this noble national goal, and they have paid a high price throughout this period.. When esteemed judge Hossam al-Ghiryani assumed the presidency of the Supreme Judicial Council in July 2011, he formed a committee to draft a law that would guarantee judicial autonomy, making Ahmed Mekki, one of the most prominent advocates for judicial independence, the chair of the committee.. The president of the Supreme Judicial Council hoped to have the law approved before parliamentary elections so that the lack of judicial independence would not undermine the fairness of elections and so that judges supervising the elections would be given the respect they deserve.. Although the committee welcomed amendments to the law, especially regarding the judiciary s relationship to lawyers, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) refused to consider the proposed law.. During the second round of elections, hundreds of judges were assaulted by military police, prompting some to resign as a result of the insult and mistreatment they endured.. This led the Judges Club to threaten to abstain from supervising the third round of the vote.. As these points illustrate, Egyptian judges continue to be denied the autonomy that the Egyptian government suddenly now refers to in order to legitimize a political battle that lacks any moral basis whatsoever.. Even now, Egyptian judges are unable to identify those responsible for killing demonstrators during the revolution or the perpetrators of all the massacres that have occurred since.. As a result, the indiscriminate, daily murder of Egyptians has become a crime that carries no punishment, even as measures continue to punish the advocacy organizations that demand the rights of the victims and expose the crimes committed against them.. The lack of judicial independence not only casts doubts on the credibility of this political attack on civil society that comes in the name of the judiciary and the law.. The investigation of the case itself clearly refutes any claim of judicial autonomy.. The investigations are taking place in a government office (the Justice Ministry), and the two investigating judges were handpicked by the president of the Cairo Appellate Court, a move criticized by many and condemned by one of the most prominent judges of the independence movement, Judge Hisham Geneina, the president of the Appellate Court.. How, he wondered, could judges be appointed by name for such serious cases as these? (There are several other cases in which investigating judges have been handpicked, as well.. ) Perhaps a look at the professional record of the two judges will help to answer this question: both of them worked for a long stint as heads of the High State Security Prosecution the prosecutorial body long subject to widespread criticism and demands for its abolition, as voiced by advocates of judicial autonomy, rights organizations, and various political forces.. This office is complicit in covering up the torture of defendants by State Security Investigations in political cases and functioned  ...   in the process.. The government willfully erred in leveling the charge of political funding, for the only area where this applies is in regard to political parties.. On the other hand, there is one clear example of political funding in Egypt: aid received by the Egyptian government from the US for the last four decades since the signing of the Camp David Accords in order to ensure American political, strategic, and security interests in the region.. The purposes of this political funding have been illustrated on a number of occasions, most significantly in the Mubarak regime s participation in the siege of the Palestinian people in Gaza in cooperation with the Israeli occupation authorities, and its cooperation with the CIA in extracting confessions under torture from persons abducted by the CIA and brought to Egypt on CIA planes specifically for this purpose.. The undersigned organizations thus reject all the insinuations and willful misrepresentations of human rights organizations.. The attack on these groups has been in the works since 2010, in the era of the deposed president, as part of his efforts to secure the presidency for his son, Gamal Mubarak, in a calm environment with the fewest possible objections.. It is thus no surprise that the memos prepared by State Security Investigations, used as evidence by the investigating judges, were prepared before the January revolution, nor is it odd that the newly proposed NGO law recently announced by the government dates to April 2010 again, prior to the revolution.. Both under Mubarak and now, the aim of the law is to further restrict civil society institutions and bring them wholly under the authority of administrative and security bodies.. Finally:.. The orchestration of fictitious battles with other states to distract attention from the catastrophic failure of the political administration and from the daily massacre of Egyptians without accountability for the real criminals cannot in any way be a national objective.. Rather, it serves the interest of a small faction that seeks to seize power and wealth without accountability or oversight.. The public pride taken daily by several ministers and senior officials in their lack of understanding and knowledge about human rights organizations and their role, and their willful misleading of public opinion about the laws and regulations applied to civil society in other Arab and non-Arab states is not in the national interest.. These officials should be prosecuted for willfully misleading the public.. The unethical conspiring against Egyptian civil society is in no way a national objective or in the national interest.. Countries around the world advance by emancipating civil society, not by suppressing it.. Parliament should make it a priority to achieve this goal by adopting the NGO law proposed by civil society organizations.. The militarization of the civilian judiciary proceeding apace through its administration in accordance with military orders is destroying what remains of judicial independence and is transforming the judiciary into a cheap political weapon.. This can in no way serve the national interest.. There should be a comprehensive ban on the referral of civilians to the military judiciary.. The Egyptian judiciary must exercise free will and judges be empowered to manage judicial affairs with complete autonomy, including by trying those responsible for human rights abuses committed in the three decades before the revolution, as well as the successive massacres seen since.. The perpetuation of the Mubarak regime s deployment of judicial mechanisms to achieve narrow political objectives at the expense of the higher national interest must end.. Pressure must be brought to bear to achieve judicial independence in Egypt, and parliament must adopt, without hesitation or delay, the judiciary law proposed by the president of the Supreme Judicial Council.. Signatory organizations.. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies.. Andalus Center for Tolerance and Anti-Violence Studies.. Arab Foundation for Civil Society and Human Rights Support.. Arab Office for Law.. Arab Penal Reform Organization.. Arab Program for Human Rights Activists.. Arabic Network for Human Rights Information.. Budgetary and Human Rights Observatory.. Cairo Center for Development.. Center for Egyptian Women Legal Aids.. Center for Trade Union and Workers Services.. Community Workshop Band.. Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement.. Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights.. Egyptian Foundation for the Advancement of Childhood Conditions.. Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights.. Egyptian Organization for Human Rights.. Egyptians Against Religious Discrimination.. Freedom of Assembly Campaign.. Group for Democratic Development.. Hisham Mubarak Law Center.. Human Rights Legal Aid Group.. Mobaderoun Foundation for Cultural Development and Media.. Nazra for Feminist Studies.. New Woman Foundation.. Rights and Freedom Supporting International Center.. Sae ed Association for Development and Human Rights.. Shomo a Association for Human Rights Studies and Welfare of Disabled.. The Human Rights Association for the Assistance of the Prisoners..

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  • Title: Project Rakeeb - Third Round - Final Statement » The Egyptian Association For Community Participation Enhancement
    Descriptive info: Project Rakeeb - Third Round - Final Statement.. 11-01-2012, 12:24.. : 1340 |.. People s Assembly Elections Third Round.. Final Statement.. January 9.. th.. , 2012.. Project Rakeeb finds voting mostly peaceful, unlawful campaigning widespread and unchecked.. Denial of access to accredited observers to polling stations and counting centers of serious concern.. Project Rakeeb is joint collaboration between two Egyptian civil society organizations the Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement (EACPE) and the Egyptian Association for Dissemination and Development of Legal Awareness (EADDLA).. Drawing upon best practices of citizen observers from around the world, and adapting them to the unique Egyptian context, Project Rakeeb is combining statistical principles with state-of-the-art information and communications technology to implement an observation methodology known as Parallel Vote Tabulation.. For the three rounds of Egypt s first post-revolution People s Assembly Elections, Project Rakeeb is deploying 1,267 citizen observers across Egypt to a statistically-sound, random, and representative sample of polling stations.. In the third round of the People s Assembly Elections, Project Rakeeb deployed 383 non-partisan citizen observers in all nine governorates where elections took place.. Rakeeb observers were deployed to a statistically-sound, random and representative sample of polling stations and sent observation reports via text message to a Central Data Center in Cairo.. The objectives of Project Rakeeb are to: 1) evaluate to what extent the elections are fair and transparent in accordance with Egyptian law and international standards for democratic elections; and 2) enhance citizen participation in the political process.. After each round of elections, Project Rakeeb is issuing statements on the quality of the voting process.. At the end of all three rounds, Project Rakeeb will issue a final statement about the overall quality of the People s Assembly election process.. Summary of Findings.. Rakeeb observers found that the third round of voting in Egypt s People s Assembly Elections was a meaningful democratic exercise.. The voting process was mostly peaceful on both election days with relatively few reports of violence or intimidation.. The main challenges were widespread active political campaigning by a wide range of political contests in and around polling center - which resulted in sporadic incident of violence between political party representatives and supporters - and the continued denial of access to accredited observers to polling and counting centers, notably by security officials.. On the first day of the third round of elections, Rakeeb observers noted long queues in many places, particularly in urban areas however such queues subsided in most locations as the day progressed.. On the second day, Rakeeb observers noted smaller queues at polling stations.. On both days, Rakeeb observers reported the voting process was largely peaceful nationwide, with relatively few incidents of violence or intimidation reported.. However, on the second day some cases of violence were reported.. Rakeeb observers reported 98 incidents of active campaigning, mostly attributed to Freedom and Justice and Nour, but also Al-Wasat, Egyptian Bloc, Egyptian National Party, Egyptian-Arab Union, Freedom, Wafd, and independent candidates.. Similar to the first round, observers noted the presence of party-sponsored booths in front of polling centers in a few locations, most often by Freedom and Justice.. As a result, Rakeeb observers reported incidents of conflict between political party representatives and supporters including, but not limited to:.. A violent conflict between Freedom and Justice and Nour representatives in Dakhaliya, which resulted in an injury;.. A physical conflict between Nour and Freedom and Justice representatives in Qalyubia, which prompted the temporary closure of a polling center;.. A physical conflict between supporters of Wafd and Nour in Matrouh;.. A confrontation between an Egyptian Bloc candidate and Freedom and Justice representatives in South Sinai; and.. A confrontation between representatives of Freedom and Justice and Nour in Qena.. Rakeeb observers noted that, unlike during the second round when some efforts were undertaken to prevent unlawful campaigning, security and election officials rarely intervened to stop such activities.. Also of concern, Project Rakeeb observers continued to be denied access or expelled from polling stations despite having received accreditation from the Supreme Judicial Committee for Elections (SJCE).. In total, 44 Rakeeb observers were either expelled or denied access over the two-day voting period.. In some locations, Rakeeb observers, as well as party agents, were denied access to the closing process on the second day of voting by judicial supervisors, notably in Qalyubia.. Moreover, 27 accredited observers reported being denied access to counting centers; in a few cases, party agents were also denied access.. In most cases,  ...   Percent of Polling Stations Where Observers Reported Polling Officials Did Not Put Ink on Fingers of Some Voters After Voting.. 19%.. 26%.. Percent of Polling Stations Where Observers Reported Voters Did Not Sign / Ink Next to Their Name After Voting.. 1%.. As noted in the statistical indicators above, HEC officials continue to apply inconsistent practices for election administration due to the lack of clarity of the HEC procedures.. Based on the statistical analysis, the following challenges can be noted on both days:.. In some polling stations, ballot boxes were not locked or sealed, increasing the potential for vote tampering;.. In many polling stations, security personnel were present inside of polling stations without due cause, possibly increasing the potential for voter intimidation;.. In many polling stations, some individuals were not found on the voters list, either because they were uncertain of their polling locations or because voters list contained errors;.. In a few polling stations, not all ballots issued to voters were not stamped or signed on the back signifying their validity, increasing the potential that such votes will be considered invalid;.. In a few polling stations, voters were unable to mark their ballots in secrecy, increasing the potential for voter intimidation;.. In many polling stations, polling officials did not ink the fingers of voters, increasing the potential for voter fraud; and.. In a few polling stations, polling officials did not properly mark voters lists to note an individual had been permitted to vote or ensure that voters inked / signed next to their names after they voted, increasing the potential for confusion in the ballot reconciliation and voter fraud.. On both days, Rakeeb observers noted the vast majority of polling stations closed around 7 PM however some remained open late to accommodate voters in queue.. Below is a breakdown of closing times:.. Closing Time.. Before 7 PM.. 12%.. Between 7 and 8 PM.. 91%.. 88%.. After 8 PM.. In some cases, Rakeeb observers reported that judicial supervisors did not complete ballot reconciliations prior to escorting ballot boxes to counting centers, notably in Dakhalia.. Critical Incidents.. As mentioned earlier, both election days were relatively few incidents of violence or intimidation however there were a large number of some critical incidents reported over the two-day period:.. 44 Rakeeb observers have either been denied access or expelled from polling stations;.. 98 incidents of active campaigning by political contestants in and around polling stations;.. 44 incidents of the presence of campaign materials inside polling stations, often of Freedom and Justice Party, Nour Party and independent candidates;.. 24 incidents of political party representatives using religious slogans to influence voters;.. 20 incidents of violence, including one incident of physical conflict between supporters of the Democratic Peace Party and Nour Party in Gharbiya and another between an independent candidate and a Freedom and Justice representative also in Gharbiya;.. 14 incidents of vote buying; and.. 8 incidents of circular voting.. Project Rakeeb reiterates its request to the SJCE to uphold its commitment to rectify recurring mistakes in the remaining election days and future elections.. Specifically, Project Rakeeb requests that the SJCE:.. Consider undertaking the counting process in polling stations to avoid the logistical and security problems that have occurred as a result of transporting ballot boxes before counting them;.. Use its authority to prevent campaigning in and around polling centers and ensure that the period of campaign silence is upheld in accordance with the law;.. Ensure that observers who have been accredited by the SJCE are guaranteed access to polling stations in accordance with the Code of Conduct, international election standards and regulations of the SJCE itself;.. Ensure that security officials are acting in accordance with the law and not interfering in the work of the SJCE.. Interference by security officials has a negative impact on the credibility and transparency of the election process and undermines SJCE authority; and.. Ensure the consistent application of official election procedures by judicial supervisors and polling officials to reduce confusion and errors at polling stations.. Project Rakeeb also calls upon all political parties to refrain from active political campaigning and cease use of religious slogans in accordance with Egyptian law.. Project Rakeeb commends Egyptian voters on their participation during the third round of elections for the People s Assembly.. We hope that all political parties, contestants, and citizens will participate calmly and responsibly in the remaining election days and in future elections.. For more information about Project Rakeeb, please visit the website:.. rakeeb.. net..

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  • Title: Project Rakeeb - Third Round - 2nd voting day - Second Statement » The Egyptian Association For Community Participation Enhancement
    Descriptive info: Project Rakeeb - Third Round - 2nd voting day - Second Statement.. 11-01-2012, 12:11.. : 716 |.. People s Assembly Elections ThirdRound.. Second Interim Statement.. January 4, 201211:00 p.. m.. Largely calm voting process on second day,unlawful political campaigning widespread.. Sporadic conflict between political contestants, denial of access to accredited observers problematic.. On the second day of the third round of voting in the People s Assembly Elections, Project Rakeeb deployed 383 non-partisan citizen observers in all nine governorates where elections are taking place.. Rakeeb observers were deployed to a statistically-sound, random and representative sample of polling stations andsent observation reports via text messageto a Central Data Center in Cairo.. Throughout the second day of the third round of elections, Rakeeb observers reported the voting process was largely peaceful nationwide with some cases of violence.. However, of concern,Rakeeb observers notedactive campaigning by political contestants in and around polling centers in many locations.. In total, Rakeeb observers reported 58 incidents of active campaigning by a wide range of political contestants.. Rakeeb observers attributed most incidents of campaigning toFreedom and Justice and Nour, but there were also reports of campaigning by Al-Wasat, Egyptian Bloc, Egyptian National Party, Egyptian-Arab Union, Freedom, Wafd, and independent candidates.. At a fewlocations, observers noted the presence of party-sponsored booths in front of polling centers, most often by Freedom and Justice.. Rakeeb observers noted that security officials and electoral authorities rarely intervened to prevent unlawful campaigning.. As noted in Project Rakeeb s first interim statement, there were incidents of conflict between party representatives and supporters resulting from campaigning in a few locations, which resulted in some acts of violence.. Some of the most significant critical incidents of the Second Day of the third round include a clash between two supporters of Al-Nour Party and Freedom and Justice Party in Dakahleya, which resulted in an injury.. In the second constituency of Qalioubeya the judicial supervisor had to temporarily close the polling station because of another conflict between two supporters of Al-Nour Party and Freedom and Justice Party.. In total, 13Rakeeb observers were either expelled or denied access to polling centers on the second day of voting.. Also 27 accredited  ...   confidence in the process.. Based on data gathered from 95 percent of observers who reported on the voting process and closing of polling stations, Project Rakeeb found some procedural inconsistencies where observers were deployed:.. Percent of Polling Stations Where Observers Reported Polling Officials Did Not Put Ink on Fingers of Some VotersAfter Voting.. Similar to the first day of voting, Rakeebobservers noted that in some locations polling stations closed at 7 PM with voters still in queue.. Before 7PM.. Between 7 and 8PM.. After 8PM.. In some cases,Rakeeb observers reported that judicial supervisors did not complete ballot reconciliations prior to escorting ballot boxes to counting centers, notably in Dakhalia.. On the second day of the third round of voting, there were few incidents of violence or intimidation, there were a number of critical incidents that Rakeeb observers reported:.. 13Rakeeb observers were either denied access or expelled from polling stations;.. 58incidents of active campaigning by political contestants in and around polling stations;.. 23 incidents of the presence of campaign materials inside polling stations;.. 10incidents of political party representatives using religious slogans to influence voters;.. 13incidents of violence, including a conflict between an independent candidate and aFreedom and Justice representative in Gharbiya;.. 3 incidents of circular voting; and.. 9incidents of vote buying.. Project Rakeeb requests that the SJCE uphold its commitment to rectify mistakes encountered in the first and second rounds in future rounds and elections.. Specifically, Project Rakeeb recommends SJCE:.. Use its authority to prevent campaigning in and around polling centers and ensure that the period of campaign silence is upheld in accordance with the law;.. Ensure that observers who have been accredited by the SJCE are guaranteed access to polling stations in accordance with the Code of Conduct, international election standards and regulations of the SJCE itself; and.. Armed forces interference has a negative impact on the credibility and transparency of the election process and undermines SJCE authority.. Project Rakeeb commends Egyptian voters on their participation during the second day of the third round of voting in the People s Assembly Elections.. We hope that all political parties, contestants, and citizens will participate calmly and responsibly in the remaining election days..

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  • Title: Project Rakeeb - Third Round - 2nd voting day - First Statement » The Egyptian Association For Community Participation Enhancement
    Descriptive info: Project Rakeeb - Third Round - 2nd voting day - First Statement.. 11-01-2012, 11:56.. : 635 |.. First Interim Statement.. January 4, 2012, 1:30p.. Early voting generally peaceful on second day, unlawful political campaigning continues unchecked.. Smaller queues early on second voting day, denial of access to accredited observers still problematic.. Rakeeb observers were deployed to a statistically-sound, random and representative sample of polling stations andhave been sending observation reports via text messageto a Central Data Center in Cairo.. Similar to findings from yesterday, Rakeeb observers have reported that the vast majority of polling stations opened prior to 9 AM today.. However, a few polling stations opened late due to the late arrival of polling officials.. Below is a breakdown of the opening times:.. Early in the second day of the third round of elections, Rakeeb observers have found the voting process to be largely peaceful.. In contrast to the first day of voting, Rakeeb observers have noted smaller queues at polling stations.. Project Rakeeb observers continue to report incidents of active campaigning by political contestants in and around polling centers.. Thus far, there have been 41 reports of active campaigning and, similar to yesterday, Rakeeb observers are reporting that campaigning is being conducted by a wide range of political contestants.. While most incidents have been attributed to Freedom and Justice and Nour, but there have also been reports of campaigning by Al-Wasat, Egyptian Bloc, National Party, Egyptian-Arab Union and independent candidates.. Moreover, Rakeeb observers reported in a few cases that Freedom and Justice has established party-sponsored booths outside polling centers similar to the first round and yesterday.. In a few cases, Rakeeb observers have reported incidents of conflict  ...   integrity of the process and the independence of the election authorities.. Based on data gathered from 95 percent of observers who reported on the opening and set up of polling stations, Project Rakeeb found that where observers were deployed:.. Percentage, Day 1.. Percentage, Day 2.. Although there have been relatively few incidents of violence or intimidation, there have been a number of critical incidents that Rakeeb observers have reported:.. 10Rakeeb observers have either been denied access or expelled from polling stations;.. 41 incidents of active campaigning by political contestants in and around polling stations;.. 11 incidents of the presence of campaign materials inside polling stations, most often of Freedom and Justice Party and Nour, but also Wafd, Egyptian Bloc and independent candidates;.. 6 incidents of political party representatives using religious slogans to influence voters;.. 1 incident of circular voting in Minya;.. 3 incidents of vote buying, one in Matrouh, one in Minya, and one in South Sinai; and.. 8 incidents of violence, notably related to campaigning around polling centers.. Project Rakeeb calls upon theSupreme Judicial Committee for Elections (SJCE) to uphold its commitment to address inconsistencies and errors in the process.. Ensure that observers who have been accredited by the SJCE are guaranteed access to polling stations in accordance with the Code of Conduct, international election standards and regulations of the SJCE itself;.. Armed forces interference has a negative impact on the credibility and transparency of the election process and undermines SJCE authority; and.. Use its authority to prevent campaigning in and around polling centers;.. Project Rakeeb commends voters on their peaceful participation in the third round of elections.. We hope that the process will remain calm throughout the day..

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  • Title: Project Rakeeb - Third Round - Second Statement » The Egyptian Association For Community Participation Enhancement
    Descriptive info: Project Rakeeb - Third Round - Second Statement.. 11-01-2012, 11:39.. : 675 |.. January 3, 2012, 9:00 p.. First day of voting largely peaceful, unlawful political campaigning remains problematic.. Continued denial of access to accredited observers to polling stations a concerning trend.. On the first day of the third round of voting in the People s Assembly Elections, Project Rakeeb deployed 383 non-partisan citizen observers in all nine governorates where elections are taking place.. Throughout the first day of the third round of elections, Rakeeb observers reported the voting process was largely peaceful nationwide.. Overall, very few incidents of violence or intimidation were reported.. Early in the day, Rakeebobservers noted long queues in many places, particularly in urban areashoweversuch queues subsided in most locations as the day progressed.. Of concern, in a continuing trend from the first and second rounds, active political campaigning by a range of political contestants was found to be problematic.. While the overall number of incidents of campaigning has seemingly decreased from previous rounds, Rakeeb observers noted that security officials and electoral authorities rarely intervened to prevent these unlawful activities.. The majority of the 40 reports of campaigning were attributed to Freedom and Justice andNour however, similar to the second round, observers noted that a wide range of political contestants were engaged in campaign activities, including Wafd, Al-Wasat, Egyptian Bloc, National Party, Freedom Party and independent candidates.. Moreover, Rakeeb observers reported in a few cases that Freedom and Justice establishedparty-sponsored information booths outsidepolling centers similar to the first round.. In total,  ...   inconsistencies where observers were deployed:.. Percentage.. Percent of Polling Stations Where Observers Reported Voters Did Not Sign or Ink Next to Their Names After Voting.. Project Rakeeb found that the vast majority of polling stations closed on time or slightly after to accommodate voters in queue at 7 PM.. On the first day of the third round of voting, there were relatively few incidents of violence or intimidation, there were a number of critical incidents that Rakeeb observers reported:.. 31Rakeeb observers were either denied access or expelled from polling stations;.. 40 incidents of active campaigning by political contestants in and around polling stations;.. 21 incidents of the presence of campaign materials inside polling stations;.. 14 incidents of political party representatives using religious slogans to influence voters;.. 7 incidents of violence, including one incident of physical conflict between supporters of the Democratic Peace Party and Nour Party in Gharbiya;.. 5 incidents of circular voting;.. 3 incidents of political party or candidate agents being expelled from polling stations; and.. 5 incidents of vote buying.. Project Rakeebrequeststhat the SJCE uphold its commitment to rectify mistakesencountered in the first and second rounds.. Use its authority to prevent campaigning in and around polling centers and ensure that the period of campaign silence is upheld in accordance with the law.. Project Rakeeb commends Egyptian voters ontheir participationduring the first day of the third round of voting in the People s Assembly Elections.. We hope that all political parties, contestants, and citizens will participate calmly and responsiblyon the second day of voting tomorrow..

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  • Title: First Press Release - First Electoral Day - Third Round » The Egyptian Association For Community Participation Enhancement
    Descriptive info: First Press Release - First Electoral Day - Third Round.. 3-01-2012, 18:44.. : 925 |.. Third Round.. January 3, 2012.. First Announcement.. Ballot Paper were distributed wrongly among committees.. Campaigning stalls in front of committees campaigning.. for Freedom and Justice and Al Nour parties.. Preventing some observers from monitoring a number of polling stations.. Replacing some representatives with others today in the morning.. Within the framework of the activities the Egyptian Organization for Community Enhancement Participation and the Independent Coalition for Election Observation, a group of observers monitored the first day of elections in its third round.. Today s elections encompass nine governorates: North Sinai, South Sinai, Marsa Matruh, Daqahlia, Qalubia, Khabya, Al Minya, Qena, and New Valley.. Candidates are competing for 150 seats in the People s Assembly among which 100 are running on a list - based and 50 single winner s base.. Third round represents 30.. 12% of the total members of the parliament.. 750 observers went to the previously mentioned governorates to monitor the elections.. Our team has noticed the following:.. First:.. The team of the coalition has announced that they carried their duties from their place at Heliopolis as they could not reach their headquarter in Asr El Aini street since the area in which the headquarter is located has become a military habitat.. Moreover, security forces launched a campaign against the organization and its employees.. They intimidated the residents of the building ( building 100 Asr El Aini St.. ) against the organization and its employees.. This was a procedure among others that aimed at weakening organizations of the civil society.. Hence, the organization had to change its location.. Second: Observations.. In South Sinai Governorate:.. Head of the station at Badr Primary School arrived at 9 am and started work at 9.. 30.. Our observers noticed a covered women campaigning for Freedom and Justice Party at Badr Primary School in Tor , Sinai.. Campaigns in front of Al Amal Experimental School in favor of Freedom and Justice Party using laptops.. Phosphoric ink was not used in many stations in Aburdees.. Inside Badr School polling station, the candidate Mohamed Faraq was campaigning for himself.. In Newebaa at Mubarak Preparatory School, observers were stopped from entering the polling station.. Also, this station started its work ten minutes to nine.. Daqahlia:.. Turnover seemed weak in all districts of the governorate except for Madinat Al Manzalah where turnover was high.. After work had started in the third constituency in Meet Yaeesh stations number 83 and 84 , it was found out that the polling lists at these stations belong the stations of the first constituency.. Campaigning continued through the third round.. Monitors have observed that there were campaigns in favor of Al Nour Party in front of Terbana School in Terbana village.. Campaigning booths were installed in front of Secondary School in favor of Freedom and Justice Party and Al Nour Party.. Members of Al Wasat Party objected and these booths were shut down by security forces.. At Ahmed Zewail School and Al Bahr Al Sakheer School in Mansoura, turnover was weak and there was campaigning  ...   has sent its delegate outside of the station.. At Dr.. Lotfy Omar School in the fifth constituency supporters of Al Nour Party, Al Wasat Part, and Egyptian Bloc Party campaigned for their parties in front of the polling station.. Station number 596 at Lotfy Omar School was not opened till the time of release of this announcement because the head of the station has not received the ballot papers of this station and balloting papers are being replaced.. At Baison School at thethird constituency, there were booths for campaigns for Al Nour Party and Freedom And Justice Party( They used laptops as well).. At El Hadad Primary School , there was an aggregation that was to cast their votes for the independent candidate Mohamed Ghanem.. People were shuttled by a car numbered 152213 Gharbia.. Same took place for the candidate Hussein Assal by means of car numbered 151825.. Al Menya:.. There were scuffles among voters at Al Etehad Preparatory School and the head of the station as he arrived and opened the station behind schedule.. He expressed his unwillingness to participate in the process because of poor organization and participation.. At Crafts Secondary School in front of station number 3 a supporterof Al Nour Party incited people to vote for candidates for Al nour Party.. Al Zoghrafia School for Girls station number 4 , head of the station refused to allow monitors inside the station and did not report the opening of the station.. Adadya School for Girls and Al Salam School in Maghagha opened behind schedule.. At Al Salam School in Maghagha our monitors have observed voting in groups inside of the station.. At Al Zaghrafia School for Girls stations number 688, 689 in Malawy monitors were stopped from entering the station.. Also, they have noticed supporters of Freedom and Justice Party and Al Nour Party encouraging people to vote for their candidates.. Qena:.. At Al Sadat School station number 776, the independent candidate Abdullah Abdel Raheem Al Ansary incited people to cast their votes forhim.. One of our monitors shot these incidents and the judge objected , snatched the camera, and deleted the shots.. He returned the camera to the monitor Menna Fahmy Mina.. Al Awadat School, Al Mahkama School and Aly Bin Abu Taleb School doors were not open till the time of writing this report.. Turnover was weak.. In Quoss observers noticed that there was campaigning for Freedom and Justice Party by means of Tuktuk.. In Quoss there were assembling and campaigning for the independent candidate Abdel Majed Al Awady using microbuses.. Assembling and campaigning for the candidate Mohamed Younis (list quota) using microbus number 1865.. Assembling and campaigning for Mohamed Younis ( workers quota) using buses number 4612 ,708 and other buses without numbers.. Al Aqab Primary School observers spotted campaigning through booths in front of the school in favor of Freedom and Justice Party.. El Wehdah Primary School In Khozam our monitors observed campaigning through booths in front of the school in favor of Freedom and Justice Party.. Operation Room for the Independent Coalition for Election Observation.. rd.. of December 2012.. 11:00 am..

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  • Title: Project Rakeeb - Third Round - First Statement » The Egyptian Association For Community Participation Enhancement
    Descriptive info: Project Rakeeb - Third Round - First Statement.. 3-01-2012, 17:29.. : 721 |.. January 3, 2012,2:00p.. Early voting marked by peaceful voting process, long queues in many places.. Manyreports of accredited observers denied access to polling stations, some reports ofactive campaigning.. For the first day of the third round of voting in the People s Assembly Elections, Project Rakeeb deployed 383 non-partisan citizen observers in all nine governorates where elections are taking place.. Rakeeb observers were deployed to a statistically-sound, random and representative sample of polling stations and have been sending observation reports via text messageto a Central Data Center in Cairo.. Project Rakeebhas found that the vast majority of polling stations opened prior to 9 AM.. However, some polling stations opened late due to the late arrival of polling officials or voting materials, such as voters lists and ballot papers.. Early on the first day of voting, Rakeeb observers have noted long queues at many polling centers and a largely peaceful voting process.. Very few incidents of violence or intimidation have been reported by observers.. However, two trends identified during the first and second rounds remain of concern:.. In total, 30Rakeeb observers (8 percent) were either expelled or denied access to polling centers thus far on the first day of voting.. In most cases, observers have been expelled by judicial supervisors however, similar to the second round in a few cases observers were denied access to polling centers by security personnel;and.. Project Rakeeb observers continue toreportincidents of active campaigning by political contestants in and around polling centers.. Thus far in the process, there have been comparatively fewer reported incidents of campaigning  ...   a number of critical incidents have been noted:.. 30Rakeeb observers have either been denied access or expelled from polling stations;.. 30incidents of active campaigning by political contestants in and around polling stations, most often by Freedom and Justice Party and Nour, but also Wafd, Al-Wasat, Egyptian Bloc, National Party and independent candidates.. In Qalyubia, there were 11 incidents of reported campaigning by Nour Party;.. 18 incidents of the presence of campaign materials inside polling stations, most often of Freedom and Justice Party and Nour as well as independent candidates;.. 9incidents of political party representatives using religious slogans to influence voters;.. 3 incidents of political party or candidate agents being expelled from polling stations;.. 3 incidents of circular voting;.. 2incidents of vote buying; and.. 4 incidents of violence among voters, including 3in Minya and 1 in Gharbiya.. Project Rakeeb calls upon the Supreme Judicial Committee for Elections (SJCE) to uphold itscommitment to address inconsistencies and errorsin first and second rounds.. Armed forces interferencehas a negative impact on the credibility and transparency of the election process and undermines SJCEauthority; and.. !--[if gte mso 9] !--[if gte mso 9] Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA !--[if gte mso 9] !--[if gte mso 10] !--[endif] --.. Below is a breakdown of the opening times:.. In Qalyubia, there were 11 incidents of reported campaigning by Nour Party;.. 3 incidents of political party or candidate agents being expelled from polling stations;.. 3 incidents of circular voting;.. Armed forces interferencehas a negative impact on the credibility and transparency of the election process and undermines SJCEauthority;.. and.. Use its authority to prevent campaigning in and around polling centers;..

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  • Title: Invitation to the Press conference Announcing the report on the second polling phase of Parliamentary elections 2011 » The Egyptian Association For Community Participation Enhancement
    Descriptive info: Invitation to the Press conference Announcing the report on the second polling phase of Parliamentary elections 2011.. 15-12-2011, 19:05.. : 2051 |.. December 15, 2011.. Press conference.. Announcing the report on the second polling phase.. of Parliamentary elections 2011.. Invitation.. The Independent Coalition of Election observation, which includes the Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and the Center of Appropriate Communication Techniques for Development, is to hold its third press conference to announce its comments and observations on the events of the second phase of polling of the 2011 parliamentary elections.. The press conference will take place at 10:30 a.. on Sunday, December 18 in the Dr.. Mohammed Sayed Said hall at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights  ...   media, as well as gender-based violations.. The report will discuss the performance inside the polls and analyze the voting process as well as the irregularities committed by all concerned parties, including the security sector and the authorities responsible for monitoring the electoral process.. Voting behavior and performance of candidates' representatives during the voting process will also be examined, and a documentary will be screened on field views during the voting of the second phase in some governorates.. The report will also discuss how printed and visual media dealt with the voting process and the extent to which the media abided by the campaign silence law, and the extent to which its coverage was accurate, professional, and balanced throughout the second phase of the voting process..

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  • Title: Project Rakeeb - Second Round - Second Statement » The Egyptian Association For Community Participation Enhancement
    Descriptive info: Project Rakeeb - Second Round - Second Statement.. 15-12-2011, 13:16.. People s Assembly Elections Second Round.. December 14, 2011, 11:00 p.. Project Rakeeb notes largely peaceful voting process,.. continuing problem of campaigning by range of political contestants.. Continued denial of access to accredited observers remains problematic.. Project Rakeeb is joint collaboration between two Egyptian civil society organizations the Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement (EACPE) and the Egyptian Association for Development and Dissemination of Legal Awareness (EADDLA).. On the first day of the second round of voting in the People s Assembly Elections, Project Rakeeb deployed 471 non-partisan citizen observers in all nine governorates where elections are taking place.. Rakeeb observers were deployed to a statistically-sound, random and representative sample of polling stations and have been sending observation reports via text message to a Central Data Center in Cairo.. Throughout the first day of the second round of elections, Rakeeb observers reported the voting process was largely calm nationwide.. Overall, few incidents of violence or intimidation were reported.. Of concern, active political campaigning by a range of political contestants was found to be problematic.. In contrast to the first round, when the majority of incidents were attributed to Freedom and Justice Party and Nour Party, Rakeeb Observers reported active campaigning by a wider range of political contestants, including, the Egyptian Bloc, Reform and Development, and many independent candidates.. Project Rakeeb acknowledges that security forces in a few locations sought to prevent campaigning around polling stations however this was not implemented uniformly nationwide.. Also of concern, Project Rakeeb observers continued to be denied access or expelled from polling  ...   not seek to address the problem.. 47%.. 16%.. 18%.. 3%.. Where polling stations opened late, the SJCE announced the extension of voting until 9 PM in those locations.. 78%.. On the first day of the second round of voting, there were relatively few incidents of violence or intimidation, there were a number of critical incidents that Rakeeb observers reported:.. 49 Rakeeb observers have either been denied access or expelled from polling stations;.. 66 incidents of active campaigning by political contestants in and around polling stations;.. 36 incidents of the presence of campaign materials inside polling stations, often of Freedom and Justice Party, Nour Party and independent candidates;.. 12 incidents of political party representatives using religious slogans to influence voters;.. 6 incidents of political party or candidate agents being expelled from polling stations;.. 2 incidents of circular voting, both in Beheira; and.. 5 incidents of violence, including a physical conflict between security officials and voters in queue at a polling station in Beheira.. Project Rakeeb requests that the SJCE uphold its commitment to rectify mistakes encountered in the first round.. Armed forces interference has a negative impact on the credibility and transparency of the election process and undermines SJCE authority;.. Ensure the consistent application of official election procedures by judicial supervisors and polling officials to reduce confusion and errors at polling stations; and.. Project Rakeeb commends Egyptian voters on their participation during the first day of the second round of voting in the People s Assembly Elections.. We hope that all political parties, contestants, and citizens will participate calmly and responsibly on the second day of voting tomorrow..

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