Egypt's Mubarak reaffirms "free, transparent" elections
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak reaffirmed Wednesday that Egypt would hold "free and transparent" parliamentary elections slated for Nov. 28.
"I again reaffirm that I am looking forward to a free and transparent election under the supervision of the supreme committee for elections and the monitoring of Egyptian civil society," Mubarak said when addressing a meeting of the ruling National Democratic Party's (NDP) Higher Body, Xinhua reported.
"I would allow the participation of more political voters to cast their ballots," he added.
Mubarak also highlighted the achievements the country has made over the past five years and outlined parameters of the party's work plan for the next five years.
The upcoming legislative elections comes amid uncertain political circumstances in Egypt with its presidential elections due next year.
According to Egypt's High Elections Commission, 5,720 candidates submitted applications for running in the vote. The contesting parties including the NDP, the Al-Wafd, the Nasserist and Al-Tagammu. The banned Muslim Brotherhood group also runs in the polls with its candidates as independents.