A man walks in front of a banner reading, "Yes to the constitutional amendments, for a better future", with a photo of the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi before the approaching referendum on constitutional amendments in Cairo, Egypt April 16, 201
CAIRO – 19 April 2019: The National Election Authority gave the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) the permission to send 1600 people to follow up on the referendum held to vote on constitutional amendments, head of the EOHR Hafez Abu Saada said.
The planned amendments expand the presidential term, charge the national army with "protecting the constitution and democracy," and grant the president some unprecedented rights.
Abu Saada said that the organization will expectedly send 1100-1200 followers, adding that it will check the transparency, the turnout, and the procedures to secure the polling stations. He added that it is unlikely that problems will emerge, as unlike elections, referendums have no contenders.
Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the National Election Authority (NEA), called on the Egyptian expatriates to vote in the referendum from Friday, April 19, to Sunday, April 21.
He also announced that the public referendum for the locals inside the country will take place from Saturday, April 20 to Monday, April 22.
Ibrahim urged the citizens to accompany their children and enjoy their constitutional right, urging them to ignore the boycott calls, and to cast their ballot in polling stations nationwide.
There will be a judge to supervise each of the ballot boxes, Ibrahim said, affirming that the NEA, the body charged with managing the electoral process, is keen to ensure the transparency of the voting process.