Carter Center says it won't monitor Egypt's vote



Cairo: Former US President Jimmy Carter's center says it will not deploy monitors for the referendum on draft constitution because of the government's late release of regulations for witnesses.

The decision reflects concerns that the rushed process leading to Saturday's vote has undermined the legitimacy of the disputed charter backed by President Mohammed Mursi and his Islamist allies.

The speedy referendum has left the country deeply polarized. The Carter Center said today that it would not be able to conduct "a comprehensive assessment of all aspects of the referendum process."

Most Egyptian judges also are boycotting the referendum, saying they will refrain from overseeing the process as stipulated by law. In response, Mursi issued a decree breaking the vote into two rounds -- one on Saturday and another on December 22.

PTI