Egyptian Parliamentary Elections

Media Note
Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
November 15, 2010

The United States remains committed to supporting free and impartial elections in Egypt. We welcome the Government of Egypt's stated commitment to expanding political participation and ensuring free and transparent elections, including facilitating domestic monitoring by civil society groups.

The candidate registration process for the November 28th People’s Assembly elections closed last week. In keeping with the Egyptian government's commitment, fair and transparent elections would include peaceful political assemblies throughout the campaign, civil society organizations freely promoting voter education and participation, and an open media environment that offers balanced coverage for all candidates.

In addition, an open electoral process would include a credible and impartial mechanism for reviewing election-related complaints, a domestic election observation effort according to international standards, and the presence of international observers.

PRN: 2010/1638