Carter Center to send election witnesses to Egypt

8:54 AM, May 15, 2012   |    comments
Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badee casts his ballot at a polling station in Cairo on February 14, 2012 during the final round of voting for the upper chamber of the Parliament or Shura. (MAHMUD KHALED/AFP/Getty Images)
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ATLANTA -- The Carter Center has been accredited by Egyptian authorities to send international election witnesses for that country's presidential election.

The Carter Center says it received approval from Egypt's Supreme Presidential Election Commission to deploy 22 witnesses from 14 countries. The presidential election is set for May 23 and 24.

They will be joined by a larger delegation of 80 witnesses from over 35 nations who will travel to Egypt several days before the election, led by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

The delegates will witness the activities of the election administration, election campaigning, voting, counting and tabulation processes, and other issues related to the overall electoral process. They also plan to meet with election officials, political party and civil society representatives, members of the international community, and others.

(Associated Press)

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