By Micah Halpern
Monday November 28, 2011
I've Been Thinking:
Elections will be held in Egypt tomorrow and Tuesday. This is the beginning of a long, extended, election for the lower parliament which does not conclude until January.
There is an array of parties and the entire election process is unclear. There will certainly be bullying and corruption. There will be no international observers.
The follow up, the upper parliament and presidential election, is scheduled for the end of June.
Field Marshall Tantawi, head of the Supreme Military Council, has begged people to come out and vote. The problem is that when there is crisis, those who do vote - vote for the extremes.
Because there has been almost no education about the parties running for election and no education about the voting process - very few Egyptians will ultimately come out to vote. They do not know where to go and have no idea of when to vote or how the votes will be tallied.
Egypt has no single independent body watching the process. It is a recipe for corruption and for extremism.
This is electoral anarchy. That is the worst kind of elections.
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