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Nov 1, 2006 1:38 pm


CAN MUBARAK CONTROL THE ELECTIONS?



Not very well or as invisibly as he has hoped. Saad Eddin Ibrahim describes a growingly defiant civil society:

This year promises to be very different. In the spring the judges held a nation-wide assembly and resolved that unless the regime granted them full independence, and exclusive oversight of the voting process they would not supervise the upcoming presidential (or parliamentary) races. On September 2 they made their final demands: allow civil society groups to observe the voting process, stop interfering in the definition of legitimate judges for purposes of the election, and agree that no ballot box will leave the presence of a legitimate judge until its contents are counted, certified and reported.

Thus far, a standoff looks likely, as the head of the presidential election commission has stated publicly on Egyptian television that he refuses all citizen monitoring of the election process.

Since he wrote the story it looks as if the judges won. Of course, something else may come up.




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