Elections in Egypt
By Micah Halpern
Thursday July 21, 2011
Once again, yesterday, Egypt announced that they will not condone international monitors and observers during their September elections.
That is a very bad sign and signals a very poor future for transparency.
At this point, with less than two months until elections, I predict that elections in Egypt will be postponed. If they are not postponed, the elections will not be real and the results will not be honest.
Egypt has yet to organize for the vote. Egyptians still need to register, train, district, educate. They need to actually lay out what people are voting for. They need to figure out a process and a procedure to collect ballots and tally votes.
None of this has been done.
Over 80% of Egypt has said they would like to vote. This is eight times the number that has come out to vote in the past. The organization is going to be total bedlam and anarchy.
Because so much is required in order to carry out fair and democratic elections and because so little preparation has been done we are left with one of two alternatives - the elections will either be postponed or they will be fixed.
This does not bode well for the future of democracy in Egypt.
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