IRI to Observe Third Phase of Egypt’s People’s Assembly Elections

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Cairo, Egypt – IRI today announced its delegation which will, at the invitation of the Egyptian government, observe the third phase of Egypt’s people’s assembly elections on January 3 and 4, 2012.  IRI also observed the first phase of Egypt’s elections held on November 28-29, 2011 and second phase held on December 14 and 15, 2011.

IRI’s delegation will be led by Constance Berry Newman, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and former U.S. Agency for International Development Assistant Administrator for Africa; and Olin Wethington, founder and Chairman of Wethington International LLC and former Special Envoy on China.  Newman and Wethington serve on IRI’s Board of Directors.

Other delegates are:

IRI staff will also serve as observers and assist in the mission.  IRI staff will be led by Lorne W. Craner, President of IRI; Judy Van Rest, Executive Vice President of IRI; Scott Mastic, IRI’s Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa programs; and Sam LaHood, IRI’s Resident Country Director in Egypt.

In the first and second phases of the elections, IRI’s mission noted that while there remained administrative and procedural challenges, electoral officials and authorities were intent to execute their responsibilities in accordance with electoral laws and official regulations.    Furthermore, IRI also noted that building on lessons learned from the first phase of voting the Higher Electoral Commission (HEC) and other government bodies continued to improve the overall administration of the electoral process in phase two.

IRI delegates in the third phase will pay particular attention to the following areas noted in the first two rounds of voting:

Prior to deploying to the governorates voting in the third phase, delegates will be briefed on the political environment in Egypt, Egyptian election law, and the rights and responsibilities of international observers.  During the two days of voting, delegates will observe polling stations and identify and evaluate strengths and weaknesses in Egypt’s election system, including campaign regulations, the balloting process, vote tabulation and reporting.

Since 1983, IRI has monitored more than 135 elections in more than 45 countries.

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