The Egyptian Federation for Election Observation has complained against late opening for the second day

May 24th, 2012 by Editor

On May 24, 2012, the Egyptian Federation for Election Observation submitted the sixth official complaint to the Supreme Juridical Presidential Election Commission against late opening of polling stations for the second voting day. 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:
Late opening:
In Luxor, the observers of the Egyptian federation documented late opening of polling stations in Kiman Al Matana School in Isna until 9 am.
In Aswan, the polling stations in Gamal Abdel Naser School did not open until 8.45 am.
In Sharkia, the observers document late opening of polling stations in Al Husaienia Secondary School, Abdel Salam Atwan Preparatory School and Hosni Mubarak School in addition to Kafr Sakr School, which opened at 8.30 am.
In Assuit, the polling stations in Al Nasr Preparatory School in Kosia opened at 8.30 am.
In Cairo, the polling stations in Ali Mubarak Preparatory School did not open until 8.30 am.
In Giza, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented late opening of the polling station no. 45 in Um Al Moaminin in Imbaba to 9 pm.
Violation of electoral silence
In Cairo, Mohamed Morsi was promoted in Ahmed Orabi School in Dar Al Salam. The taxi no. 358 was transporting voters to mahmoud Abbas Al Akkad School.
In Assuit, the observers documented campaigning materials for Ahmed Shafiq in Tahrir Preparatory School in Manfalot.
In Aswan, campaigning materials were documented in Kabil Abu Al Magd School in Kom Ombo for Ahmed Shafiq, Mohamed Morsi and Amr Mosa.
In Luxor, the observers of the Egyptian coalition found campaigning materials in the polling station no. 30, Shahed Mohamed Nor Diab School in Isna for Mohamed Morsi.
In Suez, the observers documented campaigning materials for Mohamed Morsi in Mahmoud Sami Al Barodi School.
In Fayoum, Mohamed Morsi was promoted in front of Mohsen Tantawy Preparatory School for Girls and the same in Othman Ibn Affan School.
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. 20[1] of law no. 174, year 2005 and the decree no. 12, year 2012. Abu Seada called the electoral commission to open immediate investigation and take the suitable procedures against such violations. These activities also violates the paragraph no. 10 of the decision on the election commission, year 2012, concerning electoral campaigning[2].

[1] Article 20: the electoral campaigns start 3 weeks before the election day and ends 2 days before the election day. In case of re-round starts on the next day after the result and ends at 12 pm, one day before election day. Campaigning includes all kinds of activities aimed at convincing voters to vote for a specific candidate.
[2] Campaigning presidential candidates starts on April 30, 2012 and continues until May 21, 2012. In case of having re-round, campaigning starts on the next day after the result and continues until 12 pm, June 15, 2012. Campaigning behind that timeframe is not allowed.

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