European Union mission to monitor Egypt’s parliamentary elections – Al-Tahrir News Network


The European Union’s Special Representative for Human Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis, announced that the organisation’s mission is prepared to monitor the parliamentary elections, once notified of its date by Egyptian authorities.

The announcement came as Ibrahim Al-Heniedy, Minister of Transitional Justice, received a delegation from the European Union at the ministry’s headquarters on Tuesday.

Al-Heniedy stressed during the meeting that Egypt is advancing toward achieving a democratic state by completing the parliamentary elections, which represent the last stage in the political road map agreed upon by the nation’s political powers in the wake of the June 2013 revolution.

For his part, Lambrinidis stressed that Egypt is considered an important partner to the European Union.

The meeting was attended by the head of the UN delegation to Egypt, James Moran, and Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali.

The Supreme Elections Commission (SEC) is making intensive and continued efforts to prepare for Egypt’s upcoming parliamentary polls, said SEC spokesman Medhat Edris.

The SEC is tasked with organising the process though the exact date of the parliamentary election has not yet been specified.

The commission is currently working on updating and modifying the voter database.

It is also studying the proposed dates and timetable for the election, checking all the rules and procedures to ensure voter integrity, and setting controls for the electronic voting system, he added.

Egypt’s new House of Representatives will be composed of 567 members.