Friday, 13 January 2012

Carter: Egypt parliament poll reflects popular will

Filed under: Africa files,Human Rights,Middle East,Peaceworkers in the news — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 16:16 PDT

CAIRO – Former president Jimmy Carter said Friday that Egypt’s first parliamentary poll since a popular uprising swept Hosni Mubarak from power “accurately” reflected the will of Egyptians.

The Islamist Muslim Brotherhood will secure close to half the seats in Egypt’s first free parliament in decades in the election that started in November and is now drawing to a close.

The more hardline Islamist al-Nour Party has come second, putting Islamists of different stripes in control of more than two thirds of the chamber, based on projections from the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).

“The general presumption by the Carter Center … is that the will of the people has been adequately and accurately expressed in the results of the election,” Carter told a news conference Friday.

There had been a number of “irregularities and disparities” in the process, including lack of training of judges and use of religious slogans during the voting, contrary to regulations, he added.

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