February 22nd, 2012 by Editor
Golden bribes during the second round
On February 22, 2012, the polling stations opened for the second round, second phase, of Shura Council, in 13 governorates including Giza, Aswan, Luxor, Suez, Behaira, Minia, Sohag, Bani Suef, Ismailia, Port Said, Kafr El Sheikh, Kalyoubia and Sharkia. Within this phase 25 million voters vote in 26.000 polling stations. The second round is supervised by 11.000 judges.
The observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation documented many electoral violations like late opening of polling stations, campaigning materials promoting independent candidates and political parties, group transport, banning the civil society representatives from entering polling stations.
During the second round, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation documented the following:
First: late opening:
The observers of the Egyptian coalition documented opening the polling stations no. 425 and 426 in Shahid yahia Galal School in Bani Suef at 8.30 am.
In Sharkia, the polling stations in Hosni Mubarak School in Monshat Beshara and the polling stations no. 3234 and 3235 at the Al Husainia School opened at 8.30 am.
In Luxor, the polling stations no. 619 and 620 in Al Kiman Primary School and the polling stations no. 485 and 486 in Shahid Abdel Sattar School in Esna, opened at 9 am.
The observers of the Egyptian coalition found campaigning materials in Al Husainia, Sharkia, for Al Nor and Freedom and Justice Political Parties.
In Kafr Al Sheikh, the observers documented existence of campaigning materials in Al Desoky Preparatory School for Al Nor Political Party and the same situation was found in Ahmed Zoel School.
In Suez, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented promotion of Al Nor and Freedom and Justice Political Parties in Al Salam and Al Kanal Schools.
Third: electoral bribes:
The observers of the Egyptian coalition documented distribution of Chinese golden rings among the voters, by the supports of Al Nor Salafi Political Party, to vote for the party’s candidates in Al Salam Secondary School in Suez.
Fourth: banning observers of civil society:
The observers of the Egyptian civil society organizations were banned from entering the polling stations in the Industrial School in Kafr Al Sheikh.
Fifth: group transport:
The observers of the Egyptian coalition documented the microbus no. 16113, blue, transporting voters to Ahmed Zoel School to vote for the candidates of Al Nor Political party in kafr Al Sheikh.
In Bani Suef, cars without numbers were transporting voters to the polling stations no. 840, 841 and 842 at the Secondary School in Naser Area, to vote for Freedom and Justice Political Party.
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