Poor participation in Shura Council elections continued

January 30th, 2012 by Editor

Statement no. 3

Poor participation in Shura Council elections continued

On January 30, 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 second day of the first phase in comparison with the People’s Assembly. Many political powers called for either cancellation of Shura Council or reactivation of its role in the political life. 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 problems and banning the civil society witnesses from entering the polling stations.

Electoral violations took place during the second day:

First: late opening:

The observers of the Egyptian coalition documented that the polling station no. 51 in Ali Ibn Abi Taleb School in South Sinai and the polling station no. 15 in Abu Zeniema Preparatory School opened at 8.30 am.

In North Sinai, the polling stations in Abu bakr Al Seddek and Al Gil Schools in Aresh opened at 9 am.

In Alexandria, Al Sadat Secondary School in karmouz and Tawfiq Al Hakim School in Moharam Bek opened at 9 am and Borg Al Arab Primary School opened at 10 am.

In Gharbia, the polling stations in Sagin, Meet Al Sheikh, Mahalat Mesero, Meet Hashim and Talima opened at 9.30.

In Assuit, the polling stations in Bakor, Al Nekhila, Al Kosia and Dirot opened late because of being distant and the hard weather.

In Dakhlia, the polling stations in Gamal Abdel Naser primary School opened at 9 am and the polling stations no. 1990 and 1991 in Al Balamon Village and the polling station no. 352 in Mahmoud Ghanim Primary School opened at 9.30 am.

Second: electoral campaigning:

In Assuit, Freedom and Justice Political Party distributed SMSs among the voters in which they said that “Shura Council is very important for the Egyptian constitution drafting”. An independent candidate was promoted in Bakor, Nekhila, Kosia and Dirot with amplifier.

In Cairo, campaigning materials were found in the Scientific Institute in Al malek Al Saleh for Freedom and Justice Political Party.

In Alexandria, the observers of the Egyptian coalition found campaigning materials at Sayeda Nafisa School in Montazah for Al Nor Political Party.

In kena, campaigning materials existed in the Development Foundation for Al Nor Political Party and one of the independent candidates.

In Gharbia, a private car was promoting one of the independent candidates around the polling stations in Safia Zaghloul, Taha Hussein and Abdel Hai Khalil Schools.

Third: group transport:

The microbus no. 3179 was transporting voters to Mahran Khalaf Preparatory School in Assuit to vote for one of the independent candidates.

In Alexandria, car no. 55591 was transporting people to vote for Al Nor Political Party in Al Ras Al Sawda School and car no. 1156 was transporting voters to vote for Freedom and Justice Political Party.

In Damietta, the car no. 2359 was transposing people to the Industrial School to vote for Al Nor Political Party.

Fourth: affecting voters:

Al Wafd, Al Nor and Al Wasat supporters were supporting people to vote for their candidates in Taha Hussein and Shahid Sayed Zakaria Schools in South Sinai.

The observers of the Egyptian coalition documented existence of many supporters promoting Freedom and Justice in Safia Zaghloul and Omar Zafan Schools in Mahala Kobra, Gharbia.

In Alexandria, the supporters of Al Nor Political Party were directing people to vote for their candidates in Mohamed Helmi Morad School in Montazah.

Fifth: banning observers of the NGOs:

The observers of the Egyptian coalition were banned from entering the polling stations no. 613, 614 and 615 in Moaz Al Kasabi School, Kafr Saad, Damietta.

Sixth: Electoral problems:

The the supervising judge and the officials did not unveil the faces of women in the polling station no. 1489 in Cleopatra Sporting School for Girls in Sidi Gaber, Alexandria.

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