Press release no. 2

November 28th, 2011 by Editor

Preliminary report on the observation mission of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation

On November 28, 2011, the observers of The Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation documented various electoral violations in connection with the existence of non-stamped ballot papers, the same problem that occurred during the constitutional referendum in March 2011. The observers also found thuggish acts in some voting stations. In Al Zawia Al Hamra Voting Center the thugs prevented people from reaching the polling stations. The civil society organizations’ observers were prevented from reaching the voting stations too. Independent candidates and political parties’ candidates went on campaigning inside the voting centers. Candidates of religious political parties are holding campaigning seminars in front of the voting centers.  The observers also noticed electoral bribing in few voting centers, which was familiar before the Egyptian revolution.

One of the main electoral problems witnessed today was providing the polling station officials with the electoral requirements on the voting day; it should happen one day before voting.

The supervising judge in Al Waily Constituency, Polling Station no. 347, came late to the voting center and the official opened the voting stations before his attendance. Once the judge arrived at the polling station, he cancelled the voting process. He mentioned clothing the polling station within an official letter.

This statement shows the electoral violations until 1.00 pm:

First: late opening of polling stations

The observers documenting late opening of the polling stations in Gazerat dar Al Salam School in Cairo,  Mohamed Nageb School in Al Marg, Gazerat Badran School in Cairo, gamal Abdel Naser School in Dar Al Salam and Keba School in Al Salam District. They also observed late opening of the polling stations in Al Saada Experimental School in Heliopolis, Abbas Al Akkad School in Nasr City, Mostafa Mesharafa School in Al Tagamoa, Al Akkad School in Mataria and Al sahwa School in Al Masara. Al Horria School in mataria, Helwan School in Helwan District, gamal Abdel Naser Secondary School in Fayoum and Shohada Abu Sed School in Al Salam City opened late. In Alexandria, King Hefny Primary School and Gamila Abu Herid School opened late.

Second: thuggish acts:

The coalition observers monitored thuggish acts in front of Al Salam Primary School, in Al Zawya Al Hamra and All Abedin School in downtown, Cairo.

In Assuit, thugs in Al Badary Village prevented the voters from reaching the polling stations.

Third: election fraud:

In Safia Zaghloul School, Nar City, the coalition observers documented group voting and fraud by veiled women. In Ammar Ibn Yasser School in Mokatam they found voting fraud for Freedom and Justice Political Party. In Fayoum, they found voting fraud in Al Radi and Othman Ibn Affan Schools.

Fourth: campaigning inside the polling stations:

The coalition observers monitored candidates’ campaigning incide the voting centers in Shagarat Al Dor School in Sayeda Zainab, Al Nasr School in Hadaek El Kobba, Om Al Abtal School in Ein Shams and Gaber Ibn Haian School in Nasr City. They witnessed campaigning also in Fatma Al Zahraa School in Heliopolis, which included campaigning materials for the Freedom and Justice Political Party, Al Shaimaa School in Al Salam District, Cairo and Gamal Abdel Naser School in in dar Al Salam.

In Alexandria, Freedom and Justice and also Al Nor Political Parties are campaigning inside the polling stations. In Al Nekhila Village, Assuit, a car with an amplifier was calling voters to vote for one of the independent candidates.

Fifth: group transport:

Buses were transporting voters to vote for one of the candidates in Al Ashraf Primary School.

Sixth: problems inside the polling stations:

The 688 and 694 polling stations’ supervisors, Abdel Aziz Gawish School, Sharabia, do not exist.

Seventh: banning the civil society observers:

The observers were banned from entering Al Sayeda Zainab and Al Malek Al Saleh Schools in Cairo.

Eighth: non-existence of ballot papers:

There were no ballot papers in Dawedar, Al Kawmia, Ibn Khaldon Schools and Helmia Industrial School in Nasr City, Cairo.

Eighth: non-existence of phosphoric ink:

The phosphoric ink does not exist in Gamal Abdel Naser School in Heliopolis, Lecee School in Bab Al Lok, Omar Mokhtar School in Mataria, Sadat Schhol in Al Malek Al Saleh.

Tenth: non-stamped ballots:

In Al Moamalat Al Togaria and Asma Schools, south cairo and Al gabarti School in Heliopolis, the ballots are not officially stamped with the seal of the election commission.

Eleventh: electoral bribes:

Representatives of freedom and Justice and also Al Nour Political Parties were buying votes at a price of LE 50 in Sayeda Aisha and Road Al farag Schools in Shubra.

Twelfth:  absence of juridical supervision:

In Belal School in Sharabia, cairo Governorate, there were no sobervising judges.

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