Violation of electoral silence in 13 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 in 13 governorates countrywide: Cairo, Gharbia, Assuit, Damietta, Giza, North Sinai, Luxor, Suez, Kalyoubia, Alexandria and Minia. The complaint called upon the election commission to take the perpetrators to accountability.
The documented electoral violations are mentioned below:
In Gharbia, Ahmed Shafiq was promoted with a truck carrying amplifiers, no. 68934, Beltag Village in Kator. The supporters of Mohamed Morsi were directing voters to vote for him in front of the polling stations in Abdel Hai Khalil Preparatory School in Al Mahala Al Kobra.
In Cairo, the observers of the Egyptian coalition witnessed campaigning in the favor of Mohamed Morsi in the polling stations in Abbas Al Akkad School. The car no. 269 was promoting Mohamed Morsi in Anas Ibn Malek School.
In Assuit, the observers of the Egyptian coalition noticed the supporters of Mohamed Morsi directing voters to vote for him in the polling stations no. 48 and 49 in Al Nasr Primary School in Kosia.
In Damietta, the observers of the Egyptian coalition witnessed existence of campaigning materials for Mohamed Morsi on the Nile Corniche in front of Azhar Institute and the Industrial School.
In Giza, the supporters of Mohamed Morsi were directing voters to vote for him in Atif Al Sadat Primary School in Monib.
In North Sinai, the supporters of Mohamed Morsi were directing voters to vote for him in Molhakat Al Moalmin School in Aresh.
In Luxor, the supporters of Mohamed Morsi were directing voters to vote for him in Riana Preparatory School in Arment.
In Suez, the supporters of Mohamed Morsi were directing voters to vote for him in Sami Al Barodi School in Arbain District.
In Kalyoubia, the supporters of Mohamed Morsi were directing voters to vote for him in Kalyoub Secondary School and the same situation was documented by the observers of the Egyptian coalition in Shubra Hares School in Tokh.
In Alexandria, the supporters of Ahmed Shafiq were directing voters to vote for him in Al Salakhana School Complex in Wardian in addition to noticing campaigning materials for him in the same school.
In Minia, the supporters of Mohamed Morsi were directing voters to vote for him in the Industrial School 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 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.

[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.

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