Cairo, 13 October: COMESA has deployed an election observer team for the parliamentary elections, which are set to take place from 18 to 19 October 2015 in Egypt.

The team started arriving in that country on 13 October and is expected to observe the pre and post-election process.

“Pursuant to an invitation by the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt, COMESA has deployed a short-term election observer delegation to observe the first phase of parliamentary elections to be held from 18 to 19 October 2015. The team is led by Hon. Felix Mutati, a member of the COMESA Committee of Elders,” a statement from the Secretariat read in part.

The mission includes senior officials drawn from ministries of foreign affairs of various Member States, representatives of accredited civil society organizations, representatives from Member States’ election management bodies, COMESA Secretariat staff, and officials from Member States’ embassies based in Cairo.

The 50 member delegation will be in the country to observe the concluding stages of the pre-election activities, voting, vote counting and declaration of election results, and the immediate post-election period.

As part of its mission, the delegation will consult electoral stakeholders including political parties, security, election management body, civil society and the media. The delegation will also exchange views with the diplomatic community as well as with other election observers.

The observers will be deployed in various geographical areas to cover as much ground as possible beyond Cairo in order to have a balanced and objective view of the whole electioneering process.

The observation process will be guided primarily by the constitution and legal framework of Egypt, as read with relevant international and regional instruments including the COMESA Guidelines on Election Observation.

The COMESA Electoral Observation Mission welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the democratic process in the Arab Republic of Egypt.