A guide to Egypt’s first free elections

Published on IRINnews, par ae/ha/eo/mw, November 3, 2011.

Millions of Egyptians will head to the polls on 28 November in the first parliamentary vote after a popular uprising ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. The elections end decades of what was effectively one-party rule and will establish a parliament to lead the drafting of a new constitution within a year. If approved in a subsequent referendum, this constitution will shape Egypt’s future. But few Egyptians understand the complex election system or know what the parties represent … //  

… Judicial supervision:

About 9,000 judges will supervise the vote, with at least one judge in each polling station, according to Justice Youssri Abdullah, a member of the Electoral Commission. But some have called for the purging of judges appointed by Mubarak, including the Chief Prosecutor, saying they are unqualified to safeguard Egypt’s elections.

In February, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took over after Mubarak stepped down, banned international election observers. Later, the Electoral Commission said local NGOs would also be forbidden from playing a monitoring role.

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