Electoral bribery and ballot stuffing emerge during the second day

June 17th, 2012 by Editor

On June 17, 2012, the Egyptian Coalition for Election Observation submitted the sixth official report to the Presidential Election Commission against vote buying in Menia and Gharbia and ballot stuffing in Sharkia, Gharbia and Fayoum. Clashes of the candidates’ supporters emerged in Bani Suef, Cairo and Menoufia. Group transport continued in Cairo, Damietta and Minia. 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:

Ballot stuffing

In Sharkia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented 8 records of pre-filled ballots in Hod Nagig School in Hehia. The ballot stuffing was made in the favor of Mohamed Morsi.

In Fayoum, one of the officials in the polling station no. 26 in Abu Kasa School in Abshwai had got 57 pre-filled ballots. The police arrested the official and the supervising judge ended voting and cancelled the result of the box.

The observers of the Egyptian coalition documented stuffing 1500 ballots in the polling stations no. 32 and 33 in Abdel Maged Karim School in Mahala Kobra in the favor of Mohamed Morsi. The supervising judge confiscated the ballots.

Vote buying

In Minia, one of the supporters of Mohamed Morsi in the polling station no. 76 in Malawy was buying votes for LE 100 each. The person was arrested and the police report no. 3350, year 2012, was filed against him.

In Gharbia, the supporters of Mohamed Morsi were distributing clothes among people in Nemrat Al Basal Village in Mahala to direct them to voting for Morsi. The police confiscated the clothes.

Group transport

In Cairo, group transport using minibuses was documented by the observers of the Egyptian coalition. The voters were transported to Taha Hussein Preparatory School in Al Zawia Al hamra to vote for Mohamed Morsi. The supporters of Morsi were promoting him at the mosques in the area.

In Damietta, the observers of the Egyptian coalition observed the private car no. 27129 transporting voters to vote to Mohamed Morsi in the polling stations in Nasef Secondary School in Al Zarka.

In Minia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition observed air-conditioned buses no. 978 and 2357 transporting voters to vote for the presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq in Galal Sharkia Village in Malawi.

Clashes

In Menoufia, the supporters of Mohamed Morsi clashed with one of the officials in the polling station no. 1 at Menouf Agricultural department. The supporters did not allow the official in saying that she supports Ahmed Shafiq. The supporters of Morsi filed an official report against her. They accused her of beating voters. The head of the polling station referred her to the prosecution general office for investigation.

In Bani Suef, the candidates’ supporters clashed in front of the Preparatory Institute for Girls in Nasr Area. The observers of the Egyptian coalition found the same situation in Omar Ibn Al Khattab School in Beba. The police ended the clashes.

In Cairo, the candidates’ supporters clashed in front of the polling stations in Al Tarbia Al Fikria School in Helwan.

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, electoral bribery is considered an electoral violation according to article no. 48 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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