Carter praises Egyptian vote, cites some problems

CAIRO - Former US President Jimmy Carter said Egyptians "should be proud" of the first phase of the parliamentary elections that began this week but said there were areas for improvement for the remaining two stages of the vote.
His Carter Center visited more than 300 polling stations in all nine of the Egyptian governorates where voting got under way this week in the first free parliamentary election since army officers overthrew the monarchy in 1952.
"Carter Center witnesses in Egypt reported enthusiastic participation in the election and a largely peaceful process, for which the Egyptian people should be proud," Carter said in a statement released on Friday.