Press release no. 1

November 28th, 2011 by Editor

Preliminary report on the observation mission of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation
On November 28, 2011, the marathon of the Egyptian People’s Assembly elections started with the first phase in Cairo, Alexandria, Assuit, Luxor, Port Said, Kafr Al Sheikh, Damietta, Fayoum and Red Sea Governorates. The first phase includes 6591 independent candidates and 590 candidates for the political parties’ lists. The parliamentary elections run in 83 independent candidate constituencies and 46 constituencies for political parties’ lists. The first phase includes 16 constituencies for the political parties’ lists and 28 constituencies for the independent candidates. The phase covered 3294 electoral centers, including 9841 polling stations. 10000 judges are supervising the Egyptian electoral process.
The Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation includes 123 development and human rights’ civil society organizations in 26 governorates countrywide. The coalition has formed an equipped operation room for receiving the statements of the local and international observers on the situation in the polling stations. The operation room, located at the Egyptian organization for Human Rights (EOHR), includes specialized officers from the Andalus Center for Human Rights Studies and EOHR.
The most serious problem witnessed within the first parliamentary elections after the Egyptian revolution was the late opening of the most polling centers. Electoral camping of many religious and independent candidates was witnessed on the first voting day.
This statement shows the electoral violations until 11 am:
First: late opening of the polling stations:
The observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation stated that the voting center in Maadi Secondary School for Girls was not opened until 8.30 am, because of the absence of the candidates’ representatives. In Al Kholafa Al Rashedin School in Cairo, the officials did not receive ballot papers until 8.30 am. In Shahid Abdel Hafez School in Sayeda Zeinab and Ahmed Orabi School in Dar Al Salam, Al Tabari School in Heliopolis, Mahmoud Fahmy School, the Industrial School in Nasr City, Sok Al Selah School in Al Gamalia and Um Al Moaminen in the 7th District, Nasr City, Cairo, no one of the official attended to open the polling stations until 9 am.
In Alexandria, the coalition observers documented late opening of many polling stations. Al Wardian Technical School and Kabs Al Cotton School were not opened until 9.15 am. Ahmed Abbas School was not opened because of the supervisory judges’ absence.
In Kafr Al Sheikh, Shahid Abdel Moniem Riad, Kafr Al Arab and Ahmed Zoeil Schools opened late.
In Assuit, Al Nasr Primary School and Al Kosia and Abu Al Abbas Azhar Institutes opened late.
Election Campaigns for Candidates
The Egyptian Coalition for Election Observation have observed the presence of election campaigning material in Al-Malek Al Saleh High school in the constituency #8  in Cairo where propaganda materials were distributed promoting for an others candidate, Mohamed Al Akkad, competing for the Noor Party proportional  list seat.  There were also religious promotions for Freedom and Justice Party in Tabary school located in Al Hegaz, Masr Al Gadeda constituency, same thing happened in Al Zawya preparatory school where propaganda promoting for the candidate Mahmoud Al Banna, and Al Mobtadyan experimental Language school in the constituency #9
A Peugeot 504 car distributing propaganda materials promoting a Freedom and Justice Party candidate competing for majority system seat was also monitored in Nasr city experimental school,  as well as election propaganda in the constituency #9 promoting  candidate Mustafa Bakri and Abu Ashraf Fotouh in-front of the martyr Mohammed Al-Durra school Al-Basateen constituencies distributed by  pickup truck bearing the number plates (75 L D C 694 B S T)
In Assiut;  the coalition monitored election propaganda  in Franciscan School and Al Nahda modern school promoting candidates of the Egyptian block, the mentioned material said “church supporting  the Egyptian block against the Islamists”.   In Al-Banin primary school, Freedom and Justice Party and Al Nour Party helping people obtaining their electoral numbers, at the same time distributing election propaganda promoting the two parties mentioned.
In Said the observers monitored in Al-Nasr club polling station a group of women campaigning for the Party of Freedom and Justice candidates.
Group voting

The Coalition monitors have observed a group voting in the polling stations of the AL Hurrya experimental school in the constituency #6, and the same thing in 468 and 469 Polling Stations School in the constituency #8, Fustat in Cairo.
Troubles in the polling stations

The Coalition monitors have also observed in Ibn Khaldun School, constituency #1 in Damietta that there are no curtains inside the polling station, as well as four voters were voting within the curtain at the same time.
In Cairo, the monitors documented putting the list ballots in the independent candidate list box and vice versa.
The prevention of civil society observers:
Observers from civil society organizations were prevented to enter  Alambtdian Experimental secondary Language school , constituency number 8, in Cairo despite presenting statements from the High Committee of elections.
In the province of the Red Sea; civil society observers were banned from entering the polling stations number (21.22) high school of commerce, Ras Gharib.
Ballots Absences
The Coalition Monitors have observed absence of ballots at Bani Eitman New School, Snouris Department, Al Fayyoum, Constituency number 8, until 9:30 am.
Phosphoric Ink Absence
The Coalition Monitors had observed Phosphoric Ink absence at Abd Al Aziz Gawish School, Asharrabeyya, Constituency number 1, Along with Al Malek Al Saleh Schools, Polling Stations number (407,408,409,410,413) at the Scientific Institute Prep School, Constituency number 8.
Unstamped Ballots
The Coalition Monitors has observed that the ballots are not stamped at Ahmad Zoweil High School, Kafr El Sheikh, and Al Nasr Primary School, Constituency number 1, Cairo.
In Alexandria, The Coalition Monitors have observed unstamped ballots at Jeana Clease Primary School.
The Coalition Monitors have observed some positive indicators as well during the first electoral day, for example, there is a high rate of political participation    among all the classes especially women. The high percentage of political participation among the Egyptian groups reinforces the rule of law and democracy and contributes facing the silent majority Phenomenon. The international observers were allowed to enter polling stations in Luxor.

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