Voting process came under Fire in Maghagha

January 5th, 2012 by Editor

Phase 3

Press release no. 6

Voting process came under Fire in Maghagha

On January 4, 2012, the voting process continued on the second day for the last parliamentary election phase 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 polling centers closed at 7 pm with 39% voting rate. 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 7 pm:

First: electoral campaigning:

The coalition observers documented electoral campaigning at the polling station no. 76 in Kafr Al Walaga Primary School in kafr Shokr, kalyoubia for Freedom and Justice and Al Nor Political parties. Freedom and Justice Political party was also promoted in Al Fayrouz School in Sharm Al Sheikh, South Sinai.

Second: electoral bribes

In Kena, one of Freedom and Justice Political party’s supporters distributed LE 20 for a vote in Naga Al Omda Primary School.

One of Freedom and Justice Political party’s supporters distributed LE 150 for a vote in Abbas saleh School in Aresh, North Sinai.

Third: banning representatives of NGOs:

The civil society organizations’ witnesses and the candidates’ representatives were banned from entering the polling stations in Wadi Maged School in Matrouh.

Fourth: problems in polling stations:

The Egyptian coalition observers documented non existence of electoral curtains in the polling stations 228, 229, 230 and 231, Romana Primary School, North Sinai. The same situation was found in the polling stations no. 802 and 803 in Gazerat Al Nagdi Preparatory School, Kalyoubia.

Fifth: group voting:

The observers of the Egyptian coalition documented group voting in the polling stations no. 1 and 2 in Amri Omar Primary School in salakos, Minia. Four voters were voting behind one curtain.

Sixth: electoral fraud:

The observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation monitored the incident of Osama Mohamed Kamal, who was voting for his brother in order not to be fined, Hurria School, Abu Shahin, Mahala, Gharbia.    

Seventh: thuggish acts:

Clashes took place between the supporters of Al Nor Political Party and the army troops in the polling stations no. 610 to 620 in Monshat Dabes School, Abu karkas. In Maghagha, Minia, the Supporters of Al Wafd and Freedom and Justice Political Parties exchanged fire.

Clashes between voters and the military forces took place in Mahmoud Berham School in Belkas in Dakhlia.  Al Nor and Freedom and Justice Political Parties clashed in Zefta, Gharbia.

Eighth: controlling voters:

The observers of the Egyptian coalition monitored the representative of Al Nor Political Party directing voters to vote for his party in the polling stations no. 320 and 321 in Al Safania School in El Edwa and the same situation in the polling station no. 629 in Monshat Dabas School in Minia.

Ninth: banning voting: 

The supervising judge stopped voting in the polling station no. 357, Kasem Amin School, in Abu Karkas, Minia, for an hour and half for having launch in the evening.

Tenth: verbal clashes:

The Egyptian coalition witnesses documented verbal clashes between the supporters of Freedom and Justice and Al Nor Political Parties in the polling station no. 945 at the Islamic Institue in Al Mehres Village, Malawi, Minia.

Eleventh: group transport:

The Egyptian coalition observers monitored group transport with cars no. 7396, 7163, 1369 and 9381 to Abu bakr Al Seddek and Mostafa Kamel Schools, Delga, Minia, to vote for one of the independent candidates.

Twelfth: problems in ballots:

The Egyptian coalition observers monitored changing the number of the candidate Ala Al Bahlwan in the ballot from 5 to 8, constituency 2, Gharbia. The candidate intends to file an urgent official complaint to stop announcing the result in the constituency.

 

 

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