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Jimmy Carter to Lead Carter Center Delegation to Egypt


Cairo…The Carter Center announced today that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will visit Egypt next week as part of the Center's witnessing of Egypt's parliamentary elections. He will join a delegation of 40 witnesses representing 21 countries deployed in Egypt since mid-November to witness all three phases of voting.

President Carter and the Carter Center leadership team will meet with key stakeholders, including the Supreme Judicial Commission for Elections, political parties, independent candidates, civil society organizations, government officials, and the international community, and will witness polling and counting on Jan. 10-11. 

The Carter Center received approval from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and accreditation by the Supreme Judicial Commission for Elections in November. The Center's delegation is evaluating election administration, campaigning, voting and counting procedures, and other issues related to the overall electoral process in Egypt. 

The Carter Center's election mission is conducted in accordance with the Guidelines and Code of Conduct for Observers issued by the Supreme Judicial Commission for Elections, as well as the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation and Code of Conduct that was adopted at the United Nations in 2005 and endorsed by 37 election observation groups. The Center is assessing the electoral process based on Egypt's national legal framework and its obligations for democratic elections contained in regional and international agreements.

The Carter Center releases periodic reports of its findings in Egypt, available at


"Waging Peace. Fighting Disease. Building Hope." A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, The Carter Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 70 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; improving mental health care; and teaching farmers in developing nations to increase crop production. The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide.

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