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Cablegate: Ifes Plans Second Trip with Supreme Electoral

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SUBJECT: IFES PLANS SECOND TRIP WITH SUPREME ELECTORAL
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REF: CAIRO 1255

1. (SBU) International Foundation for Electoral Systems
(IFES) Country Director Jeffrey Carlson told us September 15
there is a good chance that IFES will lead a trip with four
members of Egypt's Supreme Electoral Commission (SEC) in
October to India, where SEC members would meet with Indian
counterparts on a program similar to the SEC's visit to
Poland in June (reftel). (Comment: The SEC's decision to
participate in this subsequent trip is a further breakthrough
for IFES in its effort to engage with this key electoral
body, and is testament to IFES' low-key, confidence-building
approach through Egyptian partners. End comment.)

2. (SBU) Carlson also said that IFES is exploring the
provision of a specialized electoral training module to the
Interior Ministry in October, and plans to work with Cairo
University on developing technical assistance programs for
upcoming elections. Carlson told us that IFES intends to
pursue voter education training among syndicates and unions,
and through its website "Aswatna," ("Our Votes") which is not
formally identified as an IFES website.
SCOBEY

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