Electoral bribe is the main characteristic for the second day

May 24th, 2012 by Editor

On May 24, 2012, the Egyptian Federation for Election Observation submitted the seventh official complaint to the Supreme Juridical Presidential Election Commission against electoral bribes distributed among voters during the second voting day in 8 governorates (Alexandria, Marsa Matrouh, Sharkia, Giza, Cairo, Kena and Fayoum. 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 Alexandria, the observers of the Egyptian federation documented distribution of electoral bribes by the supporters of Aboul Fotoh, LE 100, in Al Khansaa School in Sidi Gaber. The supporters of Hamden Sabahi filed the official report no. 5421, year 2012, against the incident.
In Marsa Matrouh, the polling station no. 2 in Sidi Barani Youth Center, witnessed electoral bribes, LE 100, distributed by the supporters of Ahmed Shafiq. The army troops arrested the perpetrators and filed the official report no. 131, year 2012, against the incident.
In Sharkia, the supporters of Mohamed Morsi bought votes at LE 100 each in Nile School in Derab Negm and LE 150 for Abdel Moniem Abu Al Fotoh in the same school. Mohamed Morsi bought votes at LE 50 each in Sadat Secondary School in Zakazek.
In Giza, Mohamed Morsi bought votes at LE 100 each in Edris Preparatory School and Bani Salama Medical Unit.
In Cairo, the supporters of Shafiq bought votes at LE 100 each in Zohairat School in Gamalia.
In Kena, the supporters of Mohamed Morsi bought votes at LE 50 each in Qos School.
In Fayoum, the observers of the Egyptian federation documented LE 50 electoral bribe distributed by the supporters of Ahmed Shafiq.
In Gharbia, the supporters of Ahmed Shafiq bought votes for LE 100 each in front of the school complex in Samanod.
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. These activities are considered as electoral violations according to article no. 48 of the political participation code no. 73, year 1956 and decree no. 124, year 2011[1].

[1] Imprisonments are given to:
Those who threaten people in order to prevent them from voting or those who force voters to adopt specific points of view
Those who offer benefits for others in order to adopt specific ideas of change their minds
The head of the High Electoral Commission has the right to invalidate the votes of the voters involved in the abovementioned crimes.

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