Report Number 3: The Results of the Monitoring Efforts Conducted by the Egyptian Coalition for Monitoring Elections: Two Deaths and Seven Injuries are the Outcome of the Elections, and Hamdein Sabahy Withdraws his Candidacy to Avoid Bloodshed

November 30th, 2010 by Editor

Within the context of the efforts of the Egyptian Coalition for Monitoring the Elections (hereinafter the Coalition) to monitor today’s parliamentary election, the third report on violations is most alarming to the civil society organizations due to the overwhelming dominance of violence over the electoral process. This has become obvious in the light of the widespread acts of violence in many constituencies to the extent of reported incidents of physical assault, gun shootings, fights using bladed weapons, penknives, metal chains, and clubs, and clashes. For instance, one of the Muslim Brotherhood candidates –Suby Saleh- was assaulted in Alexandria after which he needed to be transferred to Abis Hospital in the constituency of El-raml. In the district of Samanud, reports have arrived on incidents where the National Democratic Party’s (NDP) bullies had shot a citizen in the stomach in the Religious Institute constituency. Different acts of violence within that constituency have caused the injury of 15 citizens after which they needed to transferred to Samanud Public Hospital. Clashes have also occurred in the constituency of El-brulus and El-hamoul of the governorate of Kafr El-sheikh due to elections fraud which led the citizens to block the International Road leading to Hamdein Sabahi’s withdrawal from the elections to avoid further bloodshed.

As shows from evidence gathered during the electoral process, it is obvious that acts of violence have spread to reach the governorates of Alexandira, Al-gharbia, Kafr El-sheikh, Beni Suef, Giza, Al-fayoum, El-monofeya which shows that violence has been used as a weapon of coercion during this election and the sole heard voice throughout the country today. This potentially diminishes any hope the political and societal forces might have in the upcoming elected parliament. Furthermore, towards the second half of the day, there has been an increase in incidents of pre-marking voting ballots in favor of the NDP candidates, preventing voters from practicing their voting rights, denying  the civil society observer and the independent candidates’ deputies access the polling stations, assaulting voters, observers, and independent candidates’ deputies, relying on bribes to obtain votes, mass transportation of people to vote for the NDP candidates- usually using public buses, errors inside the polling stations, assaulting media representatives, closing polling stations to voters, and errors in the electoral rolls.

 

The Coalition has reported a number of violations as listed below:

First: The use of force and bullying:

In polling stations number 117 to 119 of the west Tera district in the governorate of Kafr El-sheikh, the Coalition observers have reported the presence of two Kafr El-sheikh cab cars with metal plates numbered 51709 and 50377 loaded with bullies armed with bladed weapons who expelled the deputies of the independent candidates from the polling stations and pre-marked voting ballots in favor of the NDP candidates.

Also, in the governorate of Beni Suef, the Coalition observers in the El-wasty constituency of the village of Maymun have reported a group of bullies armed with bladed weapons breaking into all polling stations. They have also reported incidents of breaking the ballot boxes and closing the polling stations to the voters in favor of the NDP candidates. Also, in the village of El-hattaba of Biba district, clashes have broke out which led to the injury of candidate Ali Abdullah Mabrouk’s brother.

Observers have reported the presence of more than 25 female bullies in the polling station of Muhammad Naguib Primary School of Imbaba. Also, two cars loaded with a large number of bullies  were present in front of Naguib Mahfouz School.

In the governorate of Kafr El-sheikh, the Coalition observers have reported clashes between men and women aiming at denying the deputies of independent candidates access the polling stations of the Mohyi El-din Fouad School in El-raml constituency.

Further reports which are most alarming as to the government involvement in the protection of bullies have come from the governorate of Kafr El-Sheikh as a number of bullies in police cars assaulted the supporters of the independent candidat Hamdin Sabahi. Also, it has been reported that the Head of the Local Unit of Kafr El-sheikh district had accompanied a group of bullies who closed the polling stations number 168 and 196 in the presence of 25 police cars.

In Al-fayoum, observers at the polling station of El-sheikh Hassan Galb have reported the presence of a number of bullies and denying voters access the station. Another incident reported by the Coalition observers detailed the assault against a citizen as he got beaten by the police and got his personal cell phone confiscated in the governorate of Monofeya.

As the end of the Election Day approached, further acts of violence by bullies publicly protected by the police have increased dramatically caused even more deaths and grave injuries. It is of the most alarming nature that the government is not even trying to hide sponsoring those groups of bullies to the extent of allowing them to roam the streets in police cars, and break into polling stations accompanies by government appointed high-level officials. The failure of the security forces regarding protecting citizens and enforcing election laws in an obvious favor to the NDP, make it close to impossible to have any trust in the upcoming “elected” parliament.

 

Second: Pre-marking voting ballots:

The Coalition observers have reported pre-marking the voting ballots in the polling stations of Abu Talib Primary School in the district of Tamiya of El-fayoum Governorate, and the voting stations of the village of meet El-khuly Abdullah in the El-zarqa district of Damietta Governorate in favor of the NDP candidates.

In Al-fayoum Governorate, the Coalition observers have reported pre-marking ballots in polling stations number 29 to 30 in the Snuris constituency, and in the polling stations of Modern Beni Ebaid School and Beni Othman Old School in favor of the NDP candidates.

Furthermore, in Qaliubia Governorate, the Coalition observers at the polling station number 182 in Omar Ibn Abdulaziz School of Shubra El-Khima District have reported pre-marking the voting ballots in favor of the candidates of the NDP.

In Kafr El-sheikh Governorate, the Coalition observers at the polling station of El-manawfa in El-hamoul constituency have reported pre-marking the voting ballots in favor of the NDP candidate. And reports from the same government have documented election fraud in the polling stations of Kum El-haggar and Gharb El-tira as voting boxes were filled with pre-marked voting ballots in favor of the NDP candidates.

The Coalition observers at the polling stations of Baraway and Kafr Rabei’ of the Tilla constituency in El-monofeya Governorate have reported pre-marking the voting ballots and adding extra 600 votes in polling station number 17 in favor of the NDP candidates as admitted by the polling station head himself.

In El-Sharkiya Governorate, the observers of at Mashtul El-souq constituency of El-salam village have reported pre-marking the voting ballots in favor of the NDP candidates. Pre-marking voting ballots has also been reported by the observers in the Cairo in the polling stations of Al-malek Al-saleh and Shagarit El-dur School  in El-manyal constituency in favor of the NDP candidate.

In Damietta Governorate, the Coalition observers at the polling stations of El-birashiya School of El-zarqa constituency have reported an incident when all the candidates’ deputies including those of the NDP have been removed from the polling stations after which a police officer marked the voting ballots in favor of the NDP candidate and put them in the voting boxes.

 

Third: Preventing voters from voting:

The Coalition observers have reported an incident when voters were denied access to the polling stations with their national ID cards as they were demanded to show the pink voting card instead in violation to the regulations set by the Higher Elections Committee (HEC). The incident took place in Sanawit Village of Suhag Governorate in the El-maghagha constituency, and in El-daya’ Village of the same constituency.

In El-fayoum Governorate, the same situation was reported from polling station number 12 in the Tamiya constituency.

In the Giza Governorate, the observers at the polling stations of Bahithat Al-badiya Secondary School for girls and Commerce School for boys have reported voters being forbidden to be around the polling stations. Also, in Kafr El-sheikh Governorate, the Coalition observers have reported the same situation from the polling stations of the Technical Education School in El-hamoul district in Kafr El-sheikh governorate.

 

Fourth: harassing and assaulting civil society observers:

The Coalition observers have been denied access to the polling stations in Mansour Hussain School in El-raml constituency of Alexandria. Also, in Gize another incident of access denial was reported from the polling station of El-qasabgi youth center in the second constituency.

 

Fifth: Harassing and assaulting the candidates’ deputies:

The Coalition observers at El-zarqa district of Damietta have reported the deputies of the El-wafd party candidate –Omran Megahed- being assaulted.

The deputy of the Muslim Brotherhood candidate has been reported to have been expelled from polling station number 57 of Mina El-basal constituency of Alexandria for voicing his objection after the polling station head placed voting cards in the boxes. In the same governorate, in the El-montazah constituency, the independent and opposition candidates’ deputies were denied access to the polling station of Abd El-raziq  School.

In South-Sinai Governorate, the Coalition observers have reported that the Muslim Brotherhood candidates’ deputies were denied access to the polling stations of the first constituency. It has been also reported that the Muslim Brotherhood candidates’ deputies were expelled from the polling stations of Om El-abtal school in Al-monfeya Governorate.

 

Sixth: Bribes:

The Coalition observers at the polling stations of Mansour Hussain School in El-raml constituency of Alexandria have reported an incident where meals were distributed among voters with the Dr. Abd El-salam Mahgoub’s –the NDP’s candidate- photo and the NDP’s logo printed on them.  NDP supporters in Kafr El-sheikh have reportedly distribute meat meals and shares of a slaughtered veal among voters at the polling stations of El-shaheed Mahmoud El-maghrabi in Dosouq constituency.

 

Seventh: Mass transportation:

The Coalition observers at Galal El-dsouqi Primary School and Mansour Hussain in El-raml constituency of Alexandira have reported the presence of mass transportation cars with the metal plates numbers 2870, 2849, 2866, 4767, 2287 and 3634 following West and Mid Delta transportation company in addition to a public bus following te New Borg El-arab city numbered 86820 and they were all transporting voters to polling stations to vote for the NDP candidates.

In Cairo, the Coalition observers at the polling station of the Railway Department of Madinet Nasr constituency have reported the presebce of public transportation buses to transport the employees of the Public Transportation Department to vote for the NDP canddidate.

Along the same line, another public transportation bys numbered 75431 has been reported to have transoprted voters to the polling stations of Omar Makram School and of the Al-montazah constituency and Omar Makram School of El-raml constituency in Alexandria in order to vote for the NDP candidates.

 

Eighth: Errors in the polling stations:

The Coalition observers have reported the lack of phosphoric ink in polling station number 190 in Nasser district of Beni Suef Governorate. The ink has thus been replaced with dipping the candidates hand in blue ink. It has also been reported that phosphoric ink has not been used even though it was available in the Madinet Nasr constituency of Cairo Governorate.

 

Ninth: Assaulting media representatives:

Several cases of physical assault directed against representatives of different media outlets have been reported by the Coalition observers. Some of these cases took place in the El-atareen constituency as a journalist photographer has been beaten and denied access to polling stations. In the same constituency a journalists from Al-shorouq Newspaper and a reporter from Reuters News Agency were assaulted while documenting an incident where the Muslim Brotherhood candidate –Sobhi Ali Saleh- was being beaten by bullies. Also, a number of media representatives have been reportedly denied access to the polling stations of the El-faluga School and Abd El-khaliq Hassuna School in the El-raml constituency.

 

Tenth: Closing polling station:

Polling stations number 133 and 134 in Bartbat School in El-Adwa district of El-menia Governorate have been reported to be closed to voters since 11 A.M. who have been told that voting was done for them and that the elections concerning those polling stations was already over.  Also, in Giza, the Coalition observers have reported the closing of Huda Sha’rawi School in the Duqqi district so that voters can’t vote in the polling stations in this school.

In Luxur, it has been reported that polling stations number 116, 11 and 118 have been closed to voters and have also been surrounded with security forces.

 

Eleventh: Errors in electoral rolls:

The Coalition observers have reported an incident when Ibrahim Ahmed Muhammad Awadallah voted twice in two different polling stations in Husny Mubarak Primary School and the Religious Institute in El-husaynia Sharkiya district under two different registration numbers; 596 and 513.

 

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