The 2nd report: the results of the monitoring efforts conducted by the Egyptian Coalition for monitoring elections.

December 8th, 2010 by Editor

Pre-marking ballot cards is the last option under the low turnout in the Egyptian Parliamentary Election 2010.

The voting percentage in the 2nd round of Egyptian Parliamentary Elections didn’t exceed 5%. The political scene yesterday was very quiet, due to the great amount of violations took place during the 1st round of this elections, as well as due to the withdrawal of a considerable number of the candidates, including the candidates of the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Wafd Political Party Candidates. The factor that helped in the pre-marking the ballot cards was the low percentage of political participation in the 2nd half of the Election Day.

The Egyptian Coalition for Monitoring Elections (ECME) has monitored a number of violations during the elections as; preventing the candidate’s deputies from accessing to the polling stations, the distribution of the bribes, preventing the representatives of the NGOs from having access to the polling stations, errors in the election rolls, the collective transport for the voters to vote for a certain candidate, and the prevention of the voters from voting.

The main remarkable violations monitored by ECME could be summarized as follows:

First: the low turnout

The percentage of participation in this elections didn’t exceed 5%, where the ECME monitored the low turnout of voters in many constituencies in this elections as; Omar Ibn El Khattab, El Shaimaa and 23 of July Schools of Shoubra El Kheima Constituency, El Qaliubia Governorate, As well as the blocking of those polling stations at 3:00 pm.

Second: the spread of violence and bullying.

In spite of the low turnout, the violence and bullying continue to appear in many constituencies, which could be detailed as follows,

The Coalition Observers reported that there was physical attack against Ahmed Mohammed Shemeiea by the bullies of one of the candidates of the NDP in Damietta Governorate, Al Zourka Constituency, Al Emam Naser School Polling Station.

In Al Dakahliea Governorate, Dakarnas Constituency, Meit Megahed Village, the Coalition Observers reported that there were clashes took place between the supporters of the NDP Candidate Abd El Hady Gabr running for workers seat and the citizens of the village, when the supporters of the NDP Candidate tried to block the polling station and to pre-mark the ballot cards. Also in the Technical Commercial School, Talkha Constituency, the supporters of the candidate Ahmed El Shoura, who were going to vote for him, were attacked by the supporters of the NDP candidate Ali Romana. In Talkha Preparatory School, Talkha Constituency, about 500 of the supporters of the NDP Candidates Ali Romana and Gamal Abd El Zaher were gathered, after a false rumor of attacking Ahmed El Shoura Supporters to the polling stations, where they used the firearms, the bladed weapons and Molotov Bombs. In the 7th Constituency of Belkas, the Preparatory School for boys polling station, number of the bullies of NDP Candidate Fathi El Bially controlled the polling station, expelled the deputies of the other candidates out of the polling station, blocked the ballot boxes and seized on the electoral rolls and the surveys.

In Qena Governorate, Qous constituency, Al Owaidat School polling station, the Coalition Observers monitored the existence of clashes and exchanging fires between the police and the citizens, so as to push voters outside polling stations, to be able to pre-mark the ballot cards. One of the citizens was harmed badly.

In North Sinai Governorate, Beir El Abd Constituency, the Coalition Observers monitored the harm of 3 citizens, due to a clash between the supporters of the independent candidate Sulieman El Zomor and the NDP candidate Ramadan Sarhan.

In Qaliubia Governorate, Yeihia El Mashad Experimental School, polling stations 17 and 18 for women, Shoubra El Khiema Constituency, the Coalition Observers reported the occurrence of a clash between Ahmed Shawki Ibrahim Megahed Farag ( an independent candidate, running for workers seat), and the supporters of NDP Candidate Eid Salem, for the reason of controlling the polling station by the supporters of the NDP Candidate, and their pre-marking to the ballot cards, with no comment from the police security forces.

In Luxor Governorate, polling station No.48 of Al Maahad El Deny of Armant El Heit, the Coalition Observers reported that the wife of the NDP Candidate- who is running for groups seat- hit the deputy of the independent candidate by her shoes.

 Third: pre-marking the ballot cards.

The pre-marking of the ballot cards was one of the main scenes of the second round of the Egyptian Parliamentary Elections which took place on the fifth of December, 2010.

The Coalition Obvservers has reported the blocking of the polling stations and the pre-marking of the ballot cards, in favor of Ashraf El Has and El Arabi Shama the candidates of the NDP, in Al Dakahlia Governorate, Sherbein Constituency, Al Dahrria School polling station.
In Selka Secondary School polling station, Bany Ebied Constituency, the deputies of the candidates Makram Radwan and Khaled Hammad by the supporters of Hassan El Mer and Ali Rashed the candidates of the NDP. The ballot cards in this polling station were pre-marked in favor of the NDP Candidates. In the Technical Commercial School of Talkha Constituency, both Gamal Abd El Zaher (NDP Candidate running for group seat) and Ali Rommana (NDP Candidate running for workers seat) had intruded the polling station with 250 of their supporters and pre-marked the ballot cards. Also this accident took place in El Hagaizza Primary School polling station, where the ballot cards were pre-marked in favor of the NDP Candidate. In Aswan Governorate, Misr Al Nouba Constituency, the Coalition Observers monitored the voting of the voter Mustafa Shawki, in spite of his existence outside Egypt.

In Fayioum Governorate, Owais Elewa Secondary School polling station, Senouras district Constituency; the Coalition Observers monitored the pre-marking of the ballot cards in favor of the candidate Al Hussieni Elewa.

In Al Sharkia Governorate, Al Akheiwia Village, Al Hussainia Constituency, the Coalition Observers reported the pre-marking of the ballot cards in favor of the candidate of the NDP running for workers seat.

In Luxor Governorate, at Suzan Mubarak School polling station No. 209:211of Al Marees District, Armant Constituency, the police officers did expel the candidates deputies out of the polling station and pre-marked the ballot cards in favor of the NDP Candidate.

In Qena Governorate, Deshna Constituency, the Coalition Observers reported the existence of security cordon around the polling station, the prevention of the voters from accessing to the polling station, and the pre-marking of the ballot cards. In polling station No. 138 of Al Bekhettia Primary School, Zukada Constituency, the candidate of the NDP expelled the deputies of the other candidates, and pre-marked the ballot cards himself. In the same constituency the supporters of the same candidate have pre-marked the ballot cards of Al Wehda El Sehhia in Al Gamallia.

In Kafr El Shiek Governorate, Bandar Matouis, Fouah and Matouis Constituencies, Bernabal, Khourshed, Al Gezara El Khadra Polling Stations, the Coalition Observers reported that the police officers expelled the voters outside the polling station, in order to be able to pre-mark the ballot cards in favor of the NDP Candidate Salah El Maadawi.

In Damietta Governorate, Al Zorqa District, Al Gomhorria Primary School polling station, , and in the Commercial Secondary School, Bandar Damietta Constituency, the Coalition Observers reported cases of pre-marking of the ballot cards in favor of the NDP Candidate.

In Helwan Governorate, Al Saf Preparatory School for boys polling station, the Coalition Observers reported the breaking of the police security officers into the polling station, and the pre-marking of the ballot cards in favor of the NDP Candidate.

In Bany Suif Governorate, Ahnassia District, Bahary Polling Station, the Coalition Observers reported the blocking of the polling station and the pre-marking of the ballot cards in favor of the NDP Candidate.

Fourth: the electoral bribes.

The monetary value for bribing a vote decreased in the 2nd round of the Egyptian Parliamentary Elections 2010, due to the relevant quietness of this round. In Qaliubia Governorate, Shoubra Al Khiema Constituency, at Omar Ibn El Khattab, Al Shaimaa, and 23 of July Schools polling stations. The Coalition Observers reported cases of electoral bribes, the value for each vote reached to 20 L.E., and the voting took place without ballot cards or even IDs.

Fifth: preventing the deputies of the candidates from having access to the polling stations.

The candidates’ deputies were prevented from having access to the polling stations. The Coalition Observers reported the prevention of the deputies of the candidates of the independent candidate Nafie Hekal from having access to the polling station of Al Wedi Primary School, Al Saf City, Helwan Governorate, for the pre-marking of the ballot cards in favor of the NDP Candidate Alaa Aabed.

In Qena Governorate, polling station No.15 of Qeft Preparatory School, polling station No. 32 of Al Shaheed Fouad Primary School, and polling station No.54 of Al Shaheed Abu El Haj School, the Coalition Observers reported the prevention of the candidates’ deputies from having access to those polling stations.

 Sixth: errors inside the polling stations:

Where there was electoral propaganda for the Candidates of the NDP inside the polling stations. The Coalition Observers reported the presence of a CAP holding metal plate No. 15460 that was doing electoral propaganda for the candidate of the NDP; this error took place in Cairo Governorate, Al Noqrashi Secondary School polling station.

In polling station No. 123 of Al Maahad El Deni Al Azhari Primary School, Al Marees Village, Arment Constituency, Luxor Governorate, The Coalition Observers reported that the voters can vote without having ballot cards or even IDs.

In Qaliubia Governorate, Qaliub Constituency, Qaliub Secondary Military School polling station, Kafr Ramada Primary School polling station and Shoubra El Khiema Constituency, Bahteem Preparatory School polling station, the Coalition Observers reported the presence of electoral propaganda on the day of the 2nd round of the elections in favor of the NDP Candidate.

In Al Gharbia Governorate, the Coalition Observers reported that the journalist Ramy Qenawy could vote twice in one of the polling stations of the Commercial School of Talkha Constituency, although that his name didn’t exist in the electoral rolls.

Seventh: the prevention of the representatives of the NGOs from having access to the polling stations.

In Luxor Governorate, Armant Industrial Secondary School for girls polling station and Saad Zaghloul School polling station, the Coalition Observers reported the prevention of the NGOs representatives from having access to those polling stations. In the same last mentioned constituency, In Al Maahad El Deni School polling station, Ahmed Ghazzi (the Coalition Observer) was attacked physically.

In Cairo Governorate, Hadaiek El Kobba Constituency, Al Moasassa Primary School for girls polling station, the Coalition Observers reported the prevention of the NGOs representatives from having access to the polling station.

In Luxor Governorate, Armant Constituency, polling stations from 121 to 109 of Al Qurna Primary School, the Coalition Observers reported the prevention of the NGOs representatives from having access to the polling station.

Eighth: the attack on journalists

The Coalition Observers reported the attack on the journalist Salama Amer in front of the polling station of Yehia El Mashad School of Shoubra El Khiema (2nd police station) Constituency, Qaliubia Governorate, where the supporters of the NDP Candidate Eid Salem attacked him.

Ninth: the prevention of the voters from voting.

The Coalition Observers reported the prevention of the voters from having access to the polling station of Al Damiera Secondary School, Belkass Constituency, Al Dakahllia Governorate.

In Al Behera Governorate, Wadi El Natron Primary School polling station, the Coalition Observers reported the prevention of the police officers to the voters from having access to the polling station, and the pre-marking of the ballot cards in favor of the NDP Candidate.

In Al Dakahlia Governorate, Talkha Constituency, Talkha Preparatory School polling station, the Coalition Observers reported the existence of cordon made of a number of buses contained about 400 individual of civilian clothes, who were preventing people from having access to the polling station.

Tenth: the collective transportation

The Coalition Observers reported the existence of CAPs of collective transportation holding metal plates No.22442, 22882, 8542, 2888, 8542, 22465, 2435, 22040, 1842, 24237, 24289, 1627, 240 21587 in Al Dakahlia Governorate, Talkha Constituency, the Commercial Technical School polling station, which were transporting voters to the last mentioned polling station to vote in favor of the NDP Candidates Ali Romana and Gamal Abd El Zaher.

In Al Qaliubia Governorate, Shoubra Al Khiema Constituency, Kassem Amin Experimental School polling station for women, the Coalition Observers reported the existence of cars of collective transportation holding metal plates No. NR 512 Misr Insurance, KB 23061 Suzuki, and a pick of metal plate No. 15610, which were transporting women to vote for the NDP Candidate Eid Salem.

In Helwan Governorate, 1st constituency, Omar Ibn Abd El Aziz School polling station, the Coalition Observers reported the presence of buses of military production factories holding metal plates No. YBD 591 and GYD 694, which were transporting the workers of military production factories to vote for the NDP candidate.

Eleventh: errors in the electoral rolls

In Al Dakahliea Governorate, Talkha Constituency, Atef El Sharkawy School polling station, The Coalition Observers reported the voting of the citizen Islam Al Saied Abu El Fotouh in this polling station, although that he isn’t registered in this polling station as he was born on 26-12-1992.

In Helwan Governorate, the 3rd constituency of Al Saf, polling station No. 101 of Al Ekhsas School, the Coalition Observers reported that the electoral rolls of this polling station were not complete, where there were 450 missing names.

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