Dec. 5, 2011, 8:41 p.m.
NDI released a press release on the Egyptian election last week, stating that the elections were a promising start. The full statement can be found here.
Defying expectations, record numbers of Egyptians completed two largely peaceful days of voting that give rise to the possibility of an election that reflects the will of the people, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) said in a statement released in Cairo today. NDI’s 45 accredited election “witnesses” from 18 countries noted an enthusiastic, engaged and vigilant voting public, often persevering through long lines at polling stations, to cast their ballots in what many voters described as the first election in Egypt that “counts.” But there were also significant shortcomings including inadequate procedures, assisted voting, campaigning in and around polling centers, late arriving ballots, and staffing delays that led many polling stations to open late. These problems were amplified due to the extraordinary voter turnout.