Electoral campaigning continues widely within the last phase

January 3rd, 2012 by Editor

Phase 3

Press release no. 1

Electoral campaigning continues widely within the last phase

On January 3, 2012, the last parliamentary election phase began in Menia, Kalyoubia, Gharbia, Dakhlia, New Valley, Matrouh, Kena, North and South Sinai. Voting runs in other 5 constituencies, in which voting was cancelled in the first and second phases, based on court decisions. The constituencies include Moharam Bek in Alexandria, Al Fateh and Dirot in Assuit, Al Sahel in Cairo and constituency 5 in Sharkia.

The number of voters for the third phase is about 15 millions, electing 150 parliamentary members; 100 for the political parties’ lists and 50 for the independent list. 12.000 judges are supervising the third electoral phase.

The voting process during the third phase witnessed many electoral violations including late opening of polling stations, electoral campaigning for Freedom and Justice and Al Nor Political Parties, banning the witnesses of the civil society organizations and candidates’ representatives from entering polling centers. Electoral bribes and recycle ballots were observed too.

Documented electoral violations until 12 pm:

First: electoral campaigning:

The coalition observers documented electoral campaigning at the Primary School in Naga Hammadi, Kena, for Al Nor Political Party.

In Aresh, campaigning materials were found in Abu Bakr Al Seddek Station for Al Nor Political Party and one of the independent candidates.

In Dakhlia, campaigning materials were found in Al Moghazi School in Belkas for Freedom and Justice and Al Nor Political Parties.

In Gharbia, Freedom and Justice and Al Nor Political Parties were promoted in Madinat Al Omal School and one of the independent candidates was promoted in Taha Hussein School.

In Menia, campaigning materials for Freedom and Justice and Al Nor Political Parties existed in Malawy Secondary School and one of the independent candidates. Freedom and Justice and Al Nor Political Parties were promoted in the polling stations no. 620 and 630, Manshiat dabes School in Abu Karkas.

In kalyoubia, campaigning materials for Freedom and Justice and Al Nor Political Parties was found in Moshtohor Preparatory School, Al Salam School in Kafr Shokr.

Second: late opening of polling stations:

In Dakhlia, the polling stations no. 363, 364 and 365 in Kafr Al Mahdan School in Meet Ghamr, opened late. In Kalyoubia, the representatives of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation documented the late opening of the polling stations in Al Der Preparatory School in Tokh and the polling stations no. 815 and 816 in Shubra House School.

In Aresh, the observers documented late opening of the polling stations in Abu bakr Al Seddek School. In Gharbia, the polling stations in Madinat Al Omal School did not open until 10 am.

In Minia, Malawi Military School did not open until 8.30 am. Samalot Primary School did not open until 8.30 am too. The polling stations no. 335 and 336 in Al Mahdia School did not open until 10.30 am. In Matrouh, the polling station no. 125 in Sadat Primary School opened late. In South Sinai, the polling station no. 17 in Abu Zenima Preparatory School did not open until 9.15 am.

Third: banning the witnesses of NGOs:

The witnesses of the civil society organization were banned from entering polling stations no. 815 and 816 in Shubra House School, Constituency 1, in Kalyoubia, polling stations no. 4 and 5 in Malawy Ornamenting School for Girls, polling stations no. 133 and 139 in Al Sadr School in Minia and Manshiat Abdel Nabi School in Dakhlia.

Fourth: problems in polling stations:

The observers of the Egyptian coalition documented non-exestence of voter lists in Future Mothers School in Malawi in Minia. In the polling station no. 762 at the School of Commerce in Malawi, Minia, a woman was promoting Freedom and Justice Political Party. The phosphoric ink did not exist in Moshtohor Preparatory School, Constituency 1, Kalyoubia. In Matrouh, the name of the voter Ahmed Abdel Hamed Mohamed was listed two times, polling station no. 221, Al Hamam School. There were no curtains in the polling station no. 17, Abu Zenima School, South Sinai. Phosphoric ink did not exist in Al Gazera Primary School, Dakhlia.

Fifth: absence of juridical supervision:

The polling stations no. 372 and 373 at the Real Estate Registry in bani Mazar, Minia, did not have judges.

Electoral fraud:

The witnesses of the Egyptian coalition observed electoral fraud in the polling stations no. 83, 84 and 85 in Mohamed Sultan School in Minia, where the supporters of Freedom and Justice Political Party were copying the ballots for directing the voters. In Matrouh, the revolving ballot was found in Abu Bakr Al Seddek School, used for Al Wafd Political Party.

Seventh: group transport:

The voters were transported to Abu Bakr Al Seddek School in Matrouh to vote for for Al Wafd Political Party.

Eighth: electoral bribes:

The Egyptian coalition witnesses found one of the independent candidates buying votes for LE 50 each, Manawi Primary School, Matrouh.

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