Cairo, Thursday, March 29, 2018: COMESA and the Community of Sahel Saharan States (CENSAD) have described the just ended Presidential election in Egypt as having been conducted peacefully, transparent and in accordance with the provisions of the Egyptian Electoral code. The two Regional Economic Communities (RECs) who had jointly deployed 33 observers to six governorates of Egypt noted that the elections were conducted under conditions of transparency, inclusiveness, credibility and regularity.
The joint preliminary statement issued by COMESA and CENSAD in Cairo on 29th March 2018, a day after voting was closed, urged both candidates to respect the outcome of the elections and use legal means to settle ay possible electoral disputes.
COMESA election observers were led by Ms Hope Kivengere, a member of the COMESA Committee of Elders while Ambassador Amadou Tourre was head of the CENSAD team.
“The environment outside polling centers visited was orderly and peaceful. Voting was efficient and we commend the people of Egypt for exercising their civic duty,” the preliminary statement read in part.
The RECs also commended the National Elections Authority for having organized the successful elections despite been constituted less than 12 months ago.
Presidential elections were held from 26 – 28 March in Egypt in which incumbent President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was being challenged by Moussa Mustapha Moussa of the Elgad party.
Results are expected to be announced on 4th April 2018.