ElBaradei says election oversight needed

Presidential hopeful and reform advocate Mohamed Elbaradei is re-emphasizing the necessity for international oversight of parliamentary elections, expected to be held in November.

"Local & int'l election monitoring+the right of Egy abroad to vote were 2 of the 7 demands for change b4 the revolution. There's no going back," he wrote on Twitter late Wednesday.

The ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has opposed calls for international election monitors and observers have said the military council's refusal indicates the vote may not be transparent.

A few months before Egypt's January uprising, ElBaradei's National Association for Change collected a million signatures in support of international oversight of the November 2010 parliamentary elections and granting Egyptians abroad voting rights.

Ousted President Hosni Mubarak's administration previously rebuffed calls for international monitoring. It claimed, much like the SCAF is now, that Egypt will not permit foreign violations of Egypt’s sovereignty.

Mubarak's ruling National Democratic Party scored a landslide victory in 2010 in an election that was widely viewed as fraudulent.


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