Statement 2

March 19th, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Coalition for Monitoring Elections

The Results of Monitoring Efforts of the Referendum on the Constitutional Amendments

The observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Monitoring Elections (ECME) have reported several negative phenomena and violation which were evident in the referendum on constitutional amendments, the most obvious of which is the closing some polling stations in the face of voters as some polling stations were closed in Samanud Distirct of Al Gharbiya Governorate at 1 P.M. Also the polling stations of Hanout School in Zefta Dustrict of Al Gharbiya Governorate were closed at 12 P.M. It has also been reported that the polling stations of Othman ibn Affan School in Omraneya were closed at 12 P.M. This occurred after the Supreme Judicial Committee (SJC) which supervises the referendum had denied the rumors of the absence of judicial supervision over some referendum committees. Also some of the heads of the polling stations refused to sign the voting ballots as an alternative to stamps in the polling station of the Surveying Directory of Dokki. Also the Muslim Brotherhood members continued to incite people to vote yes to the amendments. Also some face veiled voters refused to use the phosphoric ink in the polling stations of Mahmoud Sedqi School in Alexandria and Khedive Ismael School in Tubar Street in Cairo. In some stations, face-veiled voters were allowed to vote without being personally identified in the pollig stations of Hadayek Al Qubba School. This is in addition to electoral bribes which were paid in stations number 32,33,34 and 35 in Benha Primary School. Violations could be outlined as follows:

Influencing voters to vote yes:

The ECME observers reported that some people were influencing voters to vote yes to the constitutional amendments in the polling stations of Seidi Sallam District in Kafr El Sheikh Governorate, Abu Bakr Al Sedeeq School in Cairo Governorate, Al Khulafaa Al Rashdeen School in Al Haram, the local unit of Nazla in Haram, Nile Primary School in Al Waraa, Al Hassab ibn Al Haitham School, Seidi Beshr Schools Compund of Alexandria, AL Sheikh Ibrahim Bandar Sinoris School of Al Fayoum, Port-Said Girls School of Port-Said, Abu Gabal Primary School, the Township of Dairout City, Dairout Primary School, Abtal Ak Obour School of Al Matariya, Al Fondoqiya School in the third district of Sheikh Zayid City in 6th of October Governorate, Ahmed Orabi Primary School in Al Sahel, Saraya Al Qubba School and the Nile School of Waraq Al Arab.

Electoral Bribes:

The ECME observers reported that money was distributed over voters to vote yes to the constitutional amendments in the polling stations of Al Rifaei Primary Mixed School, Suzan Mubarak School in Marg, Al Mualimay School amd Al Zakhrafiya School of Aswan. 

The absence of judges inside stations:

ECME observers reported that members of judicial bodies were absent from station 205 of Kafret Nassar Primary School in Harram, Commerce School in Nag Hamadi, Kafr Sunbat Preparatory Mixed School and the Al Hugairat Primary School.

Refusing to sign voting ballots:

ECME observers reported the heads of polling stations refusal or signing voting ballots as an alternative to stamps in the Surveying Directory of Dokki.

The delay of opening the doors of the stations:

ECME observers reported a delay in the opening of the doors of the polling stations of Al Hag Sallam Preparatory School of Asuit Governorate, Station number 19 of Muhammad Badawi School of Mansoura, Othman ibn Affan School in Al Omraniya, Al Qumanna School in Qenna Governorate, Kafr Shubra Primary School until 12 p.m., stations number 58 and 68 of Hanout Preparatory Mixed School which hasn’t been open until 12.30 p.m., Abu Tisht District which hasn’t been open until 1 p.m. and stations number 76,77,78, and 79 Wihdet Sunbat Primary School which weren’t open until 1 p.m.

The lack or the easy removal of phosphoric ink:

ECME observers reported the lack of phosphoric ink in the polling station of Al Battash School of Alexandria Governorate, Hilwan Secondary Girls School and Nasser Secondary Girls School. This is in addition to its easy removal of the ink in the polling station of Mubarak Boys Secondary School, Abdel Raziq Abdel Mageed School of Alexandria, Al Gomhoriya School, Roud Al Farag Preparatory School, Al Nogoom School of Ismaelia Governorate, Ahmed Zewail School of Al Haram, Al Askar School. Masr Al Gededa Exemplary School of Masr Al Gededa, Al Huriya Preparatory Boys School of Ain Shams, the National Research Center, Al Zira’iya Secondary School, Dairout Primary School. Kubri Al Quba in Saraya Al Qubba, Al Nassriya Primary School of Sharkiya Governorate, Al Giza Secondary School of Al Agouza, Al Tabary School in Masakin Shiraton, the Religious Institution of Menyit Sandob in Dakahleya Governorate, Al Fattah School in Maadi, the Old Al Hadeed Wa Al Sulb School  in Tabbin, Taha Hussen Preparatory Boys School, Al Maadi Al Gadeeda School, Gamal Abdel Nasser School of Beni Suef Governorate, station number 169 of Al Adabiya Primary School, Annas ibn Malik School of Al Maasra, Saqr Quraish School of Al Hai Al Ahser, the Industrial Religious Institute School of Bulaq Abu Al Ila, Al Sayyida Nafisa School of Nasr City and Al Qawmiya Girls School of Giza.



 

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