Egypt Electoral System Media Advisory

Electoral system under Hosni Mubarak completely unfair

The Egyptian federal electoral system during the presidency of Hosni Mubarak received an overall score of 0 per cent for electoral fairness in a global study being conducted by the Foundation for Democratic Advancement (FDA). Areas of analysis in the study include fairness in electoral spending, equality of voter say, equality of candidate and party influence and equality of media coverage. A group of diverse and non-partisan FDA electoral auditors rated each section out of 10 points in terms of fairness. The FDA is a non-partisan organization that advances fair and transparent democratic processes.

Key points gleaned from the study:

  • The overall electoral fairness score of 0 per cent means that Egypt’s electoral system under Mubarak is completely unfair.
  • Egypt’s score of 0 percent fairness tied its electoral system with those of five other countries in the region, and ranked it last out of 27 countries so far assessed by the FDA.
  • Egypt received a score of 0 percent fairness for the political content of the media
  • Elements of fairness in the political content of the media are canceled out by the requirement that such content conforms to state ideology.
  • Egypt received a score of 0 percent fairness for candidate and party influence. The Egyptian electoral system was found to completely favor candidates and parties which are aligned with the state.

Egypt received a score of 0 percent fairness for voter say. The Egyptian Emergency Law and other laws were found to greatly restrict political freedoms and rights. Egyptian voters who oppose the state and its ideology, the Egyptian Constitution, or the state political parties have no say in the electoral system.

Media contacts:

Stephen Garvey, Executive Director
Foundation for Democratic Advancement
Phone: (403) 669-8132

Zeb Qureshi, Director of Marketing
Foundation for Democratic Advancement
Phone: (403) 390-9750

About the FDA

The Foundation for Democratic Advancement (“FDA”)’s mission is to advance fair and transparent democratic processes wherever elections occur. The FDA believes that fairer electoral systems and a more informed public will help ensure the election of candidates who truly represent the will of the people. The FDA fulfills its mission by performing detailed electoral audits on political candidates and parties to inform the public, objectively and impartially, about their electoral choices. Also, the FDA audits electoral legislation in terms of fairness and equity, and conducts ground level assessments of democratic processes.

2011 FDA Global Electoral Fairness Report on Egypt

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