Group transport and clashers in 15 governorates countrywide

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 violation of the electoral silence, group transport and clashes of the candidates’ supporters in 15 governorates countrywide. The electoral silence continued in Minia, Aswan, Giza, Kalyoubia, Sharkia and Behaira. the observers of the Egyptian coalition witnessed group voting in Cairo, Minia and Damietta. Clashes of the presidential candidates’ supporters took place in Kalyoubia, North Sinai and Kena. Polling stations in Cairo, Behaira and Menoufia witnessed administrative problems.

The documented electoral violations are mentioned below:

Group Transport:

In Cairo, the microbus no. 873 was transporting voters to vote for Mohamed Morsi in Fatma Al Nabawia Preparatory School in Shobra and the microbus no. 674 was transporting voters to vote for him also in Al Kawmia Al Arabia School in Al Sahel.

In Minia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition observed the microbus no. 70222 transporting voters to vote for Mohamed Morsi in Monshat Al Fikria School in Abu Karkas.

In Damietta, the observers of the Egyptian coalition witnessed the microbus no. 824 transporting voters to vote for Mohamed Morsi in the preparatory School for Boys.

Violation of electoral silence:

In Minia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition observed the supporters of Mohamed Morsi directing voters to vote for him  in front of the polling stations in Abu Karkas Primary School.

In Aswan, the observers of the Egyptian coalition observed the supporters of Mohamed Morsi and ahmed Shafiq directing voters to vote for them  in front of the polling stations in Abdel Maged Hussein School.

In Giza, Mohamed Morsi has been promoted in Adala Secondary School for girls in Monib in addition to existence of campaigning materials for the same candidate Amr Ibn Al Ass School in Al Bahr Al Azam Street.

In Kalyoubia, Mohamed Morsi has been promoted in the polling station no. 43 in Othman Ibn Affan School.

In Sharkia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition observed the supporters of Ahmed Shafiq directing voters to vote for him in Zakazik Agricultural School.

In Behaira, the observers of the Egyptian coalition observed the supporters of Mohamed Morsi directing voters to vote for him in front the polling stations in Kafr Bani Helal Primary School.

Clashes of candidates’ supporters

In Kalyoubia, the supporters of the presidential candidates clashed in Shobra Haris School in Tokh.

In North Sinai, the supporters of the presidential candidates clashed in front of the polling station no. 2 in All Yaser Primary School in Aresh.

In Kena, the supporters of the presidential candidates clashed in front of the polling stations in Shahid Primary School in Bandar Kena.

Organizational and administrative problems

In Cairo, the observers of the Egyptian coalition stated that the ballot box in the polling station no. 45 in Anas Ibn Malek School did not have any data on it.

In Behaira, the polling station no. 60 in Kafr Bani Helal School, the ballots did not have any numbers referring to the polling station.

In Menoufia, 100 ballots did not exist in the records of the polling station no. 33 in Berket Al Saba Preparatory School.

Early closing of polling stations

In Minia, the polling station no. 8 was closed from 11.30 am to 1 pm without any reason.

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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