Phase 2 Press release no. 4

December 15th, 2011 by Editor

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

On December 15, 2011, the Egyptian People’s Assembly elections in the second phase in Giza, Menoufia, Sharkia, Ismailia, Bani Suef, Suez, Behaira, Sohag and Aswan Governorates. The second phase includes 2241 independent candidates competing for 60 seats and 1429 candidates for the political parties’ lists. 10922 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 second voting day in addition to thuggish acts.

This statement shows the electoral violations until 11 am:

First: late opening:

The coalition observers documented late opening of the polling stations no. 644 and 649 in Sheikh Zayed School and the Tourism School in Sheikh Zayed, constituency 4.

In Ismailia, the polling stations no. 617 and 618 in Fayed Islamic institute and the Secondary School in fayed, did not open until 9 am.

In Suez, the polling stations no. 9 and 9 in Al Ghareb School opened at 8.30. the head of the polling center attended late to the site. 

Second: campaigning:

The coalition observers monitored campaigning materials in Mostafa Kamel School, Giza, for Al Nour Political Party. Freedom and Justice Political party was promoted in Al Haram Commercial School in Giza. There were campaigning materials for Al Nour Political party in Al Saf School for Girls in Giza and campaigning materials for Al Imam Ali School in Giza for the independent candidate Ahmed Amr Abdel Ghani in addition to campaigning materials for another independent candidate in Om Al Abtal School in Talbia, Faisal, Giza.

In bani Suef, Freedom and Justice Political Party was promoted in Damas Preparatory School. In Sharkia, Al Nour Political Party was promoted in Al karin and Abdel Aziz Radwan Schools.

Freedom and Justice Political Party was promoted in Fayed School in Ismailia. In Aswan, there were campaigning materials in Abu Al Resh Kebly School for Al Nour Political Party and the Islamic Institute in Kaleh Al Gabal. In Suez, Ashraf Abdel Daiem, the candidate of Freedom and Justice Political Party was promoted in Al Ganaien and some of his supporters were arrested by the military police. The police report no. 31, Damanhor, was filed against campaigning in front of Sami Al beshri and Abdel Moniem Riad Schools, for Misr Al Thawra Political Party.  

Third: electoral problems inside the polling stations:

The coalition observers documented non existence of phosphoric ink in the polling stations no. 644 and 649 in Sheikh Zayed School in Giza. The supporters of Freedom and Justice Political Party were promoting their candidates in the polling station no. 73, in Gamal Abdel Naser School in BolK Al dakror, Giza. In Bani Suef, one of the candidates was registered within a list of one of the political parties and as an independent candidate in the same time.

Fourth: group voting:

The observers documented group voting in the polling station no. 648 in Sheikh Zayed School in Giza and polling stations no. 139 and 140 in Shahid Atef Al sadat School in sakiat Mekky.

Fifth: banning civil society representatives:

The civil society organizations’ representatives were banned from entering the polling stations no. 708 and 713 in Hassan Abdo School in Edfo and polling stations no. 726 and 727 at the Islamic Institute in Kaleh Al Gabal, Aswan.

Sixth: attacking supervision judges:

One of the supporters of Al Nour Political Party has insulted the supervision judge in the polling station no. 996 in Al Saf Preparatory School for Girls, Giza. The judge had to end voting in the polling station.

Seventh: group transport

The observers of the Egyptian coalition monitored group transport of voters to meet Rahina School in Badrishen, Giza with the car no. 924 for Al Nour Political Party.

In Behaira, the microbus no. 1753 was transporting voters to Sidi Ghazi School to vote for Freedom and Justice Political Party and the microbus no. 9247 was transporting voters to Ezbet Al Omal School for Al Nour Political Party. The bus no. 7496 was transporting the voters from Manshiat Abu Kir to vote for Al Nour Political Party.

Eighth: electoral fraud:

Al Zakazik School for Girls in Sharkia witnessed electoral fraud. The voter Alia Mohamed Abdel Rahman, no. 583 went to the polling station no. 73 and found out that somebody voted instead of her. When the voter complained against the fraud, a police officer has beaten her.  

Ninth: non existence of ballots:

The officials in the polling station no. 178 in Mohamed Karim Primary School in Al Bahr Al Azam, Giza, stated that they had no ballots at 10.15 am.

Tenth: thuggish acts:   

  A clash took place between the supporters of Al Nour Political Party and the Egyptian Bloc. The military police ended the clash.

Eleventh: absence of supervising judge:

The juridical supervision was absent in the polling stations no. 139 and 140, Atef Al Sadat School in sakiat Mekki, Giza.

   

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