Poor participation in Shura Council elections

January 29th, 2012 by Editor

Statement no. 1

Poor participation in Shura Council elections

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

The first phase runs in 15 constituencies for independent candidate lists and the same for the proportional lists of the Egyptian political parties. About 25 millions are voting in this electoral phase through about 26.000 polling stations. The electoral process will be supervised by about 10722 judges.

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 3 pm:

First: late opening of polling station:

The coalition observers documented late opening of the polling stations in Awish Al Hagar Village and the polling stations no. 425, 426, 427, 428, 429, 430 and 431 in gamal Abdel Naser School in Abu Dawood, Tama Al Amded, Dakhlia.

In Damietta, the polling stations no. 799 and 800 in Al zarka Primary School, kafr Al Shinnawy Village and the polling stations no. 698, 699, 700, 701, 702 and 703 in Sheikh Atia and the polling stations no. 704, 705, 706 and 707 in Awadia thay opened at 10 am.

In Assuit, the polling stations no. 809, 810, 811, 812, 813, 814, 815, 816 and 817 in Al Nasr School in Kosia, opened at 9 am.

In Alexandria, the polling stations no. 2216, 2217 and 2218 in Gabal Al Zaiton Primary School, opened at 9 am.

In Kena, the polling stations in Obour School and Galagos Health Unit opened at 9 am.

In North Sinai, the polling stations in Al Gel Al Gaded School in Aresh and Raba School in Bear Al Abd opened at 9 am.

In Gharbia, the polling stations in taha Hussein and Safia Zaghloul Schools opened late.

Second: electoral campaigning:

In Gharbia, the supporters of Freedom and Justice and Al Nor Political Parties were promoting their candidates in Taha Hussein and Abdel Hai Khalil Schools. The polling stations in the Islamic Institute had veiled women promoting Al Nor Political party.

In North Sinai, Al Wafd, Freedom and Justice and Al Nor Political Parties were promoted in Abu bakr Al Seddek School.

The observers of the Egyptian coalition found campaigning materials inside Abdel Moniem Riad School for Freedom and Justice and Al Nor Political Parties.

In Alexandria, Freedom and Justice and Al Nor Political Parties were promoted in Port said and Al Ras Al sawda Schools in Montazah.

Third: electoral problems:

The voter lists did not have serial number in Fatima Al Zahra School in Alexandria and many mistakes existed in the voter lists in the polling station no. 914 in Meet Ghorab in Dakhlia. Phosphoric ink did not exist in the polling stations of Abu Bakr Al Seddek School in North Sinai.

Fourth: verbal clashes:

The observers of the Egyptian coalition documented verbal clashes at the polling stations in Sadfa and Al badary in Assuit, between the supporters of Al Nor Political party and independent candidates.

Fifth: banning civil society representatives:

The witnesses of the civil society organizations were banned from entering the polling stations in the Industrial School, Al Gala, Al Mali, Al Farouk Omar and Al Shair Al Asmar schools in Damietta.

Sixth: absence of juridical supervision:

The observers of the Egyptian coalition documented the existence of three pooling stations in one classroom in Abu Bakr Al Seddek School in North Sinai, Aresh. The same situation was found in Muharam Bek Secondary School in Alexandria and The faculty of Home Economics in Bulak Abu El Ela.

Seventh: group transport:

One of the independent candidates used the microbus no. 26493 to transport voters to vote for him in Mahran Khalaf School in Asuit.

Eighth: electoral fraud:

The revolving ballot was found in Abdel Maged Shalabi School in kafr Saad, Damietta. The ballot was used by the supporters of Freedom and Justice Political Party.

Ninth: affecting voters:

The observers of the Egyptian coalition documented existence of many supporters promoting Al Nor Political Party among voters in Sayed Abdel Rahim School in Tanta, Gharbia. The supporters were distributing publications of the party and guiding voters to the places and symbols of their candidates in the list.

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