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Egypt's presidential poll seen to be free and fair

Tuesday، 10 April 2018 - 10:38 AM

          Egypt's presidential poll seen to be free and fair
            Pretoria News- P. 7 (Opinion)- Monday April 9th, 2018

 Egypt Presidential Election 2018 is the fourth multi-candidate election in Egypt's history where damaging allegations have been unsealed and made public. Those doomed-to-fail allegations concentrated on intimidating opponents, authorities' bribes to encourage voters to cast their votes, voter apathy and suppressing press freedom.

The fact remains that it was a competitive election between two candidates;  the current President "Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi" and the Chairperson of Al-Ghad Political Party "Mousa Mostafa Mousa". All legal procedures were followed upon the constitution and the regulatory laws.

Two of the potential candidates were excluded regarding their legal status as ineligible voters- former Military Chief of Staff "Sami Anan" and Army Colonel "Ahmed Konsowa", who had to get an approval from the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) before announcing their presidential bids.

Others withdrew from the race by their own will; such as former Prime Minister "Ahmed Shafik" who issued a statement saying he decided not to run for the elections because he would not be the ideal person to lead the country. "Khaled Ali" and "Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat" allegedly announced they were facing stiff challenges which can be rebutted as they might have failed to collect neither 25,000 recommendations from eligible voters nor 20 endorsements from members of the House of Representatives.

Awareness activities were held according to the Presidential Election Law. The National Election Authority (NEA) organized voter education campaigns to encourage voters to cast their votes. There was a turnout of more than 24 million out of 59 million eligible voters.

Suppressing Press Freedom was another allegation. The fact is that Egypt invited all international and local organizations as well as media outlets to observe the elections. Fifty four local organizations, nine international organizations and 680 foreign correspondents were registered to observe the elections. No requests were declined, even the request of the unaccredited deported correspondent of The Times’ of London was granted approval to cover the Election.

No complaints were filed by foreign media during the three day elections. Foreign correspondents enjoyed freedom to the polling stations to cover the process and conduct interviews.

The AU mission, the COMESA and the CENSAD team of observers as well as the Arab League mission to the Egyptian Presidential Election said it was a fair and free election held in a secure and stable environment. President "Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi" has secured a second four-year term after winning the race by 97,08% of valid votes.

South Africa and Egypt enjoy cordial relations. President "Cyril Ramaphosa" has "extended his warm congratulations to President 'Sisi'. "Ramaphosa" said he is "committed to working with President "Sisi" to forge closer strategic cooperation between the two countries.

Information Office Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in South Africa.

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