Clashes and ballot stuffing continued until the end of the second day

June 17th, 2012 by Editor

On June 17, 2012, the Egyptian Coalition for Election Observation submitted the seventh official report to the Presidential Election Commission against ballot stuffing and clashes of the candidates’ supporters. Group transport continued until the end of the second voting day. The Egyptian Coalition for Election Observation called upon the election commission to take the suitable legal actions for avoiding any further electoral violations.

The documented electoral findings are mentioned below:

Clashes

In Alexandria, the candidates’ supporters clashed in front of the polling stations in Salakhana Complex in Wardian. The polling stations were closed from 2.30 to 3.00.

In Bani Suef, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented candidates’ supporters’ clashes in front of the polling station no. 49 in Semista Primary School.

In North Sinai, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented candidates’ supporters’ clashes in front of the polling stations in Salem Al Yamani School in Bear Al Abd. The supporters used to shoot in the air.

In Sharkia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented candidates’ supporters’ clashes in front of the polling station in Al Kodah Village in Kafr Sakr.

Group transport

In Giza, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented the car no. 2849 transporting people to vote for Mohamed Morsi in Hafez Ibrahim Primary School.

In Alexandria, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented the cars no. 92355 and 8714 transporting people to vote for Mohamed Morsi in Al Ikhlas School in Minia Al Basal.

In Luxor, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented the cars no. 11072 and 12997 transporting people to vote for Mohamed Morsi in Al kiman Primary School in Esna.

In Cairo, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented the car no. 934 and 179 transporting people to vote for Ahmed Shafiq in Cairo Industrial School for Girls in Manial.

In Sohag, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented the car no. 25109 transporting people to vote for Ahmed Shafiq in the Preparatory School in Moaisara in Nogoa Bardis.

In Bani Suef, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented transporting people to vote for Mohamed Morsi in Bani Saleh Primary School in Al Fashn.

In Aswan, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented the car no. 3779 transporting people to vote for Mohamed Morsi in Soad Maher Secondary School in Aswan City.

In Kalyoubia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented transporting people to vote for Ahmed Shafiq in Beltan School in Tokh

Violation of electoral silence

In Aswan, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented existence of campaigning materials for Mohamed Morsi in front of Abdel Maged Hussein School.

In Behaira, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented existence of campaigning materials for Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq in front of the polling station no. 19 in Port Said Primary School in Hosh Esa.

In Cairo, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented existence of campaigning materials for Mohamed Morsi in front of the Architecture School in May 15 Area.

In Kalyoubia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented existence of campaigning materials for Mohamed Morsi in front of the polling station no. 17 in the Architecture School in Shobra Al Khiema.

In Assuit, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented existence of campaigning materials for Mohamed Morsi in front of the polling stations in Mahran Khallaf Preparatory School in Kosia.

Ballot stuffing

Bani Suef, an official in the polling stations in Danial Primary School in Al Wasta, was arrested with 15 pre-filled ballots for Mohamed Morsi. The police report no. 845 was filed on the incident. The same situation was found in Helal Primary School in Bandar Bani Suef. The police report no. 4422 was filed against the incident.

Erasable phosphoric ink

In Assuit, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented absence of phosphoric ink in the polling station no. 37 in Tahrir Primary School.

In Menoufia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented easy removal of the phosphoric ink in Fatma Al Zahra Primary School in Kwisna.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR), the main coordinator of the Egyptian Coalition 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, ballot stuffinf is considered an electoral violation according to article no. 46 of the political participation code no. 73, year 1956 and decree no. 124, year 2011 . 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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