Poor participation in Shura Council elections continued during the second day

January 29th, 2012 by Editor

Statement no. 2

Poor participation in Shura Council elections continued during the second day

On January 29, 2012, the electoral process of Shoura Council, phase 1, continued in 13 governorates. The governorates are Cairo, Alexandria, Menoufia, Gharbia, dakhlia, Damietta, Fayoum, Assuit, Kena, New Valley, Red Sea, North and South Sinai.

The polling stations witnessed poor participation of voters during the first day of the first phase in comparison with the People’s Assembly. In spite of the poor participation, the witnesses of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation monitored and documented some electoral violations such as late opening of the polling stations, electoral campaigning, group transport, electoral fraud and verbal clashes.

Electoral violations took place until 7 pm:

First: electoral campaigning:

In Gharbia, the supporters of Justice and Al Nor Political Parties were promoting their candidates in Hussein Hammad Institute in Kafr Al hamam, which leaded to verbal clashes between the two sides.

Freedom and Justice Political party was promoted in Ikhlas School Complex, Al Gala School and Khorshid Veterinary Unit in Alexandria in addition to campaining materials in Al Shahida Um Saber School in Moharam Bek for Freedom and Justice and Al Nor Political Parties in Alexandria too.

In Cairo, Al Nor Political Party and the Egyptian Bloc were promoted in Shahid Mohamed Farid Sarhan School.

In Damietta, Al Nor Political party was promited in Al Zarqa City in addition to promoting Freedom and Justice and Al Nor Political Parties in Kafr Al bateikh School.

In South Sinai, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented electoral campaigning in Taha Hussein Primary School for Al Nor Political Party.

In North Sinai, campaigning materials existed in Abu Bakr Al Seddek School in Aresh for Freedom and Justice Political Party.

Second: electoral problems:

The observers of the Egyptian coalition documented non existence of phosphoric ink in the polling stations no. 600, 601, 602 and 603 in Zaim Sadat School in Mamora, Alexandria in addition to using plastic polling boxes instead of glass boxes.

In Gharbia, posters of Al Wafd Political Party existed in Shabsher Al hesa School in Tanta.

Third: campaigning in worshipping houses:

The observers of the Egyptian coalition documented the existence of supporters of Al Nor Political Parties, who were distributing campaigning materials, in front of Al Khazindara Mosque, constituency 1, North Cairo.

Fourth: affecting voters:

The observers of the Egyptian coalition documented existence of many supporters promoting Freedom and Justice and Al Nor Political Parties in Kafr Al Elo Area, constituency 2, Helwan, Cairo; they were distributing campaigning materials among the voters to gain their votes.

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