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"No transparency" in Egypt poll

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"No transparency" in Egypt poll


As Egypt goes to the polls on Sunday little is expected to change in the country’s parliament.

508 seats are being contested and for the first time 64 of them must go to women.

The National Democratic Party are predicted to win a massive majority once again.

Their main opposition is the Muslim Brotherhood who are hoping to better the 20 percent of seats they won five years ago,

Human rights organizations though have expressed concerns that the election is unlikely to be conducted fairly.

Bahey El Din Hassan is the Director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies:

“This election doesn’t even have the minimum requirements of transparency,” he says. “The government has rejected calls for international observers and monitoring will be very limited”.

In the past critics have accused the ruling National Democratic Party of dominating the media, buying votes and pressurising voters at polling stations.

It has outlawed the opposition Muslim Brotherhood, forcing its candidates to run as independents.

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