Continuous violation of electoral silence on the second day

June 17th, 2012 by Editor

On June 17, 2012, the Egyptian Federation for Election Observation submitted the fifth official report to the Presidential Election Commission against continuous violation of electoral silence  in Giza, North Sinai, Cairo, Behaira, Kalyoubia, Aswan, bani Suef and Fayoum. Group transport was documented in Damietta, Cairo, Alexandria and Fayoum. The Egyptian Federation 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:
Group transport
In Damietta, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented group transport of voters to vote for Mohamed Morsi in Siala Preparatory School with private car no. 26939.
In Cairo, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented group transport of voters to vote for Mohamed Morsi in Sadat Primary School in Zawia Hamra. The cars carried stickers of the names of Mosques in the area. Veiled women urged voters to vote for Morsi.
In Alexandria, the microbus no. 92355 was transporting voters to vote for Mohamed Morsi.
In Fayoum, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented group transport of voters to vote for Mohamed Morsi in the Schools in Sinoris.
Violation of electoral silence
In Giza, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented campaigning Mohamed Morsi in front of Ahmed Shawki School in Monib.
In north Sinai, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented campaigning Mohamed Morsi in front of Aish Al Asmar School in Arish.
In Cairo, the supporters of candidate Mohamed Morsi were directing female voters to vote for him in Ibn Sina Primary School in Al Zawia Al hamra and Om Al Abtal School in Helwan.
In Behaira, the supporters of candidate Mohamed Morsi were directing female voters to vote for him in front of the polling stations no. 6 and 7 in Hosh Esa Primary School. Both Morsi and Shafiq were promoted in Yahia Zankir School in Hosh Esa.
In Kalyoubia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented campaigning Mohamed Morsi in front of Asma Bent Abi Bakr School in Shobra Al Khiema.
In Aswan, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented campaigning Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq in front of Abdel Maged Hussein Preparatory School in Aswan City and the same situation was observed in Abtal October School in Aswan.
In Bani Suef, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented campaigning Mohamed Morsi in front of Shahid Yahia Galal School in Semista.
In Fayoum, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented campaigning Mohamed Morsi in front of the schools in Sinoris area.
Banning voters from entering polling stations
In Cairo, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented banning voters from entering polling stations in the schools in Sharabia Area. The supporters of candidate Mohamed Morsi made human fences to ban any of Shafiq’s supporters in.
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 Violation of the electoral silence is considered as serious electoral violations according to article no. 20[1] of law no. 174, year 2005 and the decree no. 12, year 2012. Banning voters from reaching polling stations is criminalized according to article no. 44 of the political rights’ practicing code no. 73, year 1956. 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.

[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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