Early closing of polling stations in 5 governorates

June 16th, 2012 by Editor

On June 16, 2012, the Egyptian Federation for Election Observation submitted an official complaint to the Presidential Election Commission against early closing of polling stations in existence of scores of voters in Minia, Behaira, Assuit, Giza and Gharbia. The observers of the Egyptian coalition were banned from entering polling stations in Assuit, Giza and Sharkia. The electoral silence was violated in Bani Suef, Giza, Minia and Cairo. Clashes of the candidates’ supporters continued in Bani Suef, Minia, North Sinai and Giza. The Egyptian Federation for Election Observation called upon the election commission to take the perpetrators to accountability.

The documented electoral violations are mentioned below:

Early closing of polling stations:

In Minia, the observers documented early closing of the polling station inside Monshat Al Fikria Preparatory School in Abu Karkas, 8 pm, and the same situation was documented in Salah Salem School in Abu Karkas.

In Behaira, the polling station no. 16 in Abu Al Shikaf Primary School in Hosh Esa closed at 8 pm.

In Assuit, the polling stations no. 57 and 58 in Mahran Khalaf School in Kosia closed at 8 pm.

In Giza, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented closing Bemha Primary School at 8.30 pm.

In Gharbia, Berma institute for girls in Tanta was closed at 7.50 pm.

Violation of electoral silence

In bani Suef, Mohammed Morsi was promoted in the polling stations in Semista Preparatory School.

In Minia, Mohammed Morsi was promoted using SMS.

In Giza, Ahmed Shafiq was promoted inside and outside the polling stations of Al Saff Primary School for Girls.

In Cairo, both Mohammed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq were promoted in the polling stations in Helwan Secondary School for Girls. The supporters of Mohamed Morsi used the amplifiers in Al Dawa Mosq for campaigning, beside Al Salam Primary School in Al Sahel.

Banning observers from entering polling stations

In Assuit, the observer of the Egyptian coalition Fathi Rashwan was banned from entering the polling station no. 39 in Abu Seif Primary School for Boys in bani Kora.

In Giza, the observer of the Egyptian coalition Mohamed Motawa was banned from entering the polling stations no. 12, 13 and 14 in Al Saff Preparatory School for Girls.

In Sharkia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented banning the agent of Mohamed Morsi, kawther Abdel Khalek Mohamed, Authorization no. 2521, from entering the polling stations in Sadat Primary School in Kafr Sakr, while all the agents of Ahmed Shafiq were allowed in.

Clashes of the candidates’ supporters

In Bani Suef, verbal clashes took place between the candidates’ supporters in front of the polling stations in Bani Saleh School for girls in Al fashn. The police report no. 841 was filed.

In Minia, verbal clashes took place between the candidates’ supporters in front of the polling stations in Om Al Abtal Primary School in Abu Karkas, following spreading the rumor of using magic pens with erasable ink.

In North Sinai, verbal clashes took place between the candidates’ supporters in front of the polling stations in Al Masaied School in Aresh. The polling stations were closed from 2 to 2.30 pm.

In Giza, verbal clashes took place between the candidates’ supporters in front of the polling stations in Nazlat Al Ashkar School because of having more than an agent for Ahmed Shafiq in each polling station.

Group transport

In Bani Suef, the observers of the Egyptian federation documented group transport of female voters to vote for Ahmed Shafiq in Mostafa Kamel Primary School in Semista.

In Giza, the observers of the Egyptian federation documented group transport of voters to vote for Mohamed Morsi  in Al Daher Preparatory 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 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. 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.

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