The Egyptian Federation documents many electoral violations by the end of 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 early closing of polling stations, clashes of the candidates’ supporters and electoral bribes. 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:
Early closing of polling stations:
In Aswan, observers of the Egyptian coalition noted the closure of the polling stations at 8:00 PM at Siba’ia Primary School and Mohamed Araby Primary School in Kom Ambu.
In Asyut, observers of the Egyptian coalition noted the closure of the polling stations located in a High School in Qawsiyya as well as Buk Preparatory School in the Buk village at 8:00 PM.
In Giza, observers noted the closure of polling stations located in Hamza Abdel-Motalib schools, numbers 57 & 58, at 8:00 PM. After the early closure of the stations, the vote-count process began.
In Suez, observers of the Egyptian coalition documented the closure of the polling station located in Nasr Primary School in Al Arbaien District at 8:15 PM.
In Luxor, observers of the Egyptian coalition noted the closure of the polling station located in Kiman Primary Schools, numbers 37 and 38, at 8:15 PM.
Group Transport:
In Sharqia, observers of the Egyptian coalition documented the group transportation of voters to the polling stations located in Fuoh Primary School and Hasaniya Preparatory School; the transport was conducted via pick-up trucks. Observers also noted that voters were transported to Al-Ikhwa Primary School to cast their votes in favor of presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi on bus trip number 15001.
Observers of the Egyptian coalition documented the transportation of voters to Dirb Dissouk Primary School located in Dirb Nigm. The voters were transported via vehicle number 7268 R T B.
In Cairo, observers of the Egyptian coalition documented the transportation of voters to Al-Qanal Language School in Maadi to cast their votes in favor of presidential candidate Abdelmonem Abol Fotoh.  The voters were transported via Jeep number 975 R E M.
Observers of the Egyptian coalition noted the group transportation of voters to Om Al-Abtal Preparatory School to cast their votes in favor of presidential candidate Abdelmonem Abol Fotoh. The voters were transported via microbus number 342 T W H.
Observers of the Egyptian coalition noted the transportation of voters to the polling station located in al-Amirah Fawziya Preparatory School in Maadi to cast their votes in favor of presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi. The voters were transported via a private vehicle number 714 K N F.
In the Alexandria governorate, observers of the Egyptian coalition documented the group transportation of voters to Hamdi Ashour Primary School and Gheyt al-‘enab Primary School to cast their votes in favor of presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi. The voters were transported via microbus number 6450 S T N.
In the Suez governorate, observers of the Egyptian coalition noted the transportation of voters to Mahmoud Sami Al-Baroodi Primary School, the Ahmed Ramadan Primary School, the New Nasr Primary School, the Old Cairo Primary School, Mohamed Al-Dorrah Preparatory School, and Al-Shohada’ Primary School to cast their votes in favor of presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi. The voters were transported via vehicles number 5491 T S B, and 2379 T S A, as well as a rented vehicle number 2390 SUEZ.
Observers of the Egyptian coalition noted the transportation of voters from Ramadan Secondary School in the 40th District to the Ashir School via Suez vehicles number 8417, 3206, and 8003.
Clashes between Candidate Supporters:
In the Soueif governorate, the observers of the Egyptian coalition noted tensions between supporters of presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi and presidential candidate Abdelmonem Abolfotoh in polling stations numbers 7 & 8 in Al-Salaam Primary School in Bani Soueif. The head of the polling station was assisting voters in voting for Mohammed Morsi which led to closing the polling station for 10 minutes.
This incident was repeated in polling station number 35 in Somsitan Preparatory School where observers noted verbal clashes between supporters of presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi, Amr Moussa and Abdelmonem Abolfotoh. Abdolfotoh’s supporters were using a laptop and asking voters to vote for their candidate outside of the polling station which escalated tensions between the supporters.
Observers of the Egyptian coalition documented clashes between police officers responsible for the security of the polling station and supporters of presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi at polling station number 22 in Mohamed Sadiq Primary School in Fashn. These clashes were a result of a Mohamed Morsi supporters’ attempt to bring a laptop into the polling station.
In Minya, observers of the Egyptian coalition documented verbal clashes between supporters of presidential candidates Mohammed Morsi and Abdelmonem Abolfotoh  in Beni Mazar Secondary School for girls and Al-Awayda School in Samalyut.
In Luxor, observers of the Egyptian coalition documented verbal clashes in Al-Shaheed Galal Hassan Primary School between supporters of presidential candidates Mohammed Morsi and Abdelmonem Abolfotoh as a result of campaigning at the polling station on behalf of both candidates; the military and police stepped in to resolve the conflict.
In Giza, observers of the Egyptian coalition documented attacks by supporters of Mohammed Morsi on supporters of Hamdeen Sabbahi in Al-Shaheed Adel Abeed School in Imbaba.
In Fayyoum, observers at Nasseriya Primary School documented clashes between supporters of presidential candidates Ahmed Shafik and Mohammed Morsi.
In Cairo, observers at polling stations number 52 & 53 in the Helwan Secondary School documented a temporary disruption of voting at the polling station due to campaigning by Ahmed Shafik supporters at the station which resulted in clashes between supporters of presidential candidates Mohammed Morsi and Ahmed Shafik.
In the North Sinai governorate, observers noted clashes between supporters of Mohammed Morsi and Ahmed Shafik in Al-Yasser Primary School due to campaigning by Shafik supporters inside of the polling station.
Electoral Bribery:
In Sharqia, observers of the Egyptian coalition noted the distribution of nutritive supplies by supporters of presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi close to the polling stations located in Mashtol al-Suk Commercial School, and the police report number 4715 was filed against the incident in Mashtol al-Suk.
In the Minya governorate, observers noted the distribution of nutritive supplies (sugar, oil, potatoes) by supporters of presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi in exchange for the votes of families residing in the Aba Al-Balad Village in Maghagha.
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 group transportation is considered as a clear violation of the electoral process and thus warns against the use of this tactics by any of the presidential campaigns. As for the clashes between candidates’ supporters, Abu Seada stated that these clashes are criminalized according to the political participation code, article no. 44.  Abu-Seada also stated that the closure of polling stations in the presence of voters is a clear violation of the regulations instituted by the Presidential Election Commission. Finally, electoral bribery is considered an electoral violation according to article no. 48 of the political participation code no. 73, year 1956 and decree no. 124, year 2011[1]. These activities are considered electoral violations according to the regulations of the presidential election commission. These activities violate the voter rights according to the local and international electoral standards. Abu Seada called upon the electoral commission to open immediate investigation and take the suitable procedures against such violations.

[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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