Phase 2 – round 2

December 21st, 2011 by Editor

Press release no. 1

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

On December 21, 2011, the marathon of the Egyptian People’s Assembly elections in the second phase, second round in Giza, Menoufia, Sharkia, Ismailia, Bani Suef, Suez, Behaira, Sohag and Aswan Governorates. The second round includes 188 independent candidates competing for 59 seats, among them are 49 candidates for Freedom and Justice Political Party, 36 for Al Nor, 11 for the dismantled National Democratic Party and 3 for the Egyptian Bloc.

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.

Today the election process runs in second constituency in Belbes and the fifth constituency in Al Husainia, Sharkia, although the administrative court has issued its decision on the complaint no. 3747, year 2011, for the invalidity of elections in those constituencies.

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 12 am:

First: late opening:

The polling stations no. 422 and 423 in Semesta Preparatory School in Bani Suef did not open until 9.30 am.

In Sohag, the polling station no. 359 in Al karawy School in Seflak did not open until 9.10 am.

In Giza, the polling Stations no. 479 and 480 at the Agricultural Museum in Dokki, opened at 8.30.

Second: campaigning:

The coalition observers monitored campaigning materials in Al Saf Preparatory School for Girls for Al Nour Political Party and in Nile Primary School in Imbaba for Freedom and Justice Political Party.

In Bani Suef, the coalition observers monitored campaigning materials in the polling stations no. 422 and 423 in Semesta Preparatory School in Bani Suef.

There were campaigning materials in front of the Health Unit in Kom Hamada for Freedom and Justice and Al Nor Political Parties.

In Aswan, the observers monitored campaigning materials in Soad Maher School in Al Shader for Freedom and Justice and Al Nor Political Parties.

Third: electoral problems inside the polling stations:

The observers of the coalition monitored voting without drafting the opening statements in the polling stations no. 201, 202, 203 and 204 in Jazerat Al Dahab School in Giza.

In Bani Suef, the head of the polling station no. 289 at the Islamic Institute in Al Shinnawia, allowed a veiled voter to vote without uncovering her face, saying “we have no woman to see her face.”

In Aswan, the observers saw the judge voting instead of one of the voters in Abdel Maged Hussein School.

Fourth: closing:

The polling stations no. 996 and 997 in Al Saf School in Giza closed following serious clashes among the voters, candidates’ representatives and the judge in the polling center from the beginning till 9.45 am.

In Bani Suef, the polling Station no. 97 in Al Gazera School, closed for 30 minutes after a verbal clash between the representative of Al Nor and the Supervising judge.

Fifth: group transport:

In front of Kase Khidr School in Kom Hamada, Behaira, the Microbuses no. 77690 and 777593 were transporting voters to vote for Freedom and Justice Political Party and microbuses no. 3267, 869, 9358 and 1458 for transporting voters to vote for Al Nor Political Party.

Sixth: electoral Fraud:

The coalition observers monitored electoral fraud registered in the complaint no. 1102, year 2011. Justice and Freedom Political Party in Kom Hamada, Behaira, filed the complaint against finding the recycle ballot there.

Seventh: electoral bribe:

The coalition observers in Nile Primary School in Akhmim, Sohag, monitored LE 200-electoral bribe for an independent candidate.

Eighth: verbal clashes:

The coalition observers in Al Saf Preparatory School in Giza, monitored a verbal clash between the representatives of Freedom and Justice and Al Nor Political Parties.

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