The Egyptian Federation for Election Observation has complained against early closing of polling stations

May 23rd, 2012 by Editor

On May 23, 2012, the Egyptian Federation for Election Observation submitted the fifth official complaint to the Supreme Juridical Presidential Election Commission against early closing of polling stations in 5 different governorates, Cairo, Gharbia, Assuit, North Sinai and Aswan in addition to group voting in 4 governorates, Giza, Sharqia, Gharbia and Assuit. The federation called the commission for immediate investigation on the complaint and stopping such violations in addition to talking the perpetrators to accountability.

The violations came as follows:

In Aswan, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented early closing of polling stations in Kofor Kom Ombo School. The polling stations in Abdel Maged Hussein School in nasr Al Noba City closed at 8 pm.

In Cairo, Al Malek Al Saleh Secondary School closed at 7.45 pm.

In Assuit, Al Kosia Azhar Institute for Girls closed at 8 pm and the same was the Secondary School. The microbus no. 16137 was transporting voters to vote for Mohamed Morsi  in Khaled Ibn Al Waled School in Dirot.

In North Sinai, the obswervers of the Egyptian federation documented closing Al Akor School in Sheikh Zoaid at 7 pm and the same situation was in Aresh Preparatory School for Girls.

In Gharbia, Safia Zaghloul School, Omar Zafan Primary School and the polling station no. 54 in Mahalat Abu Ali School closed at 8 pm. The observers of the Egyptian federation found the microbus no. 151356 transporting voters to vote for Ahmed Shafiq in Kafr Al Ziyat Primary School.

In Giza, the car no. 289 was transporting voters to vote for Mohamed Morsi in Al Ahram Secondary School in Haram.

In Sharqia, microbuses no. 8792 and 8963 were transporting voters to vote for Ahmed Shafiq in Salama Ahmed Atia Basic Education School in Derab Negm.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR), the main coordinator of the Egyptian Federation for Election Observation, stated that these activities are considered as electoral violations according to the regulation of the presidential election commission. These activities violate the voter rights according to the local and international electoral standards. Abu Seada called the electoral commission to open immediate investigation and take the suitable procedures against such violations.

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