Late opening of polling stations on the second day

June 17th, 2012 by Editor

On June 17, 2012, the Egyptian Federation for Election Observation deployed 1600 local observers countrywide on the second election day. The observers of the Egyptian coalition documented late opening of polling stations. The Egyptian Federation for Election Observation called upon the election commission to take the suitable legal actions for confronting any further electoral violations.
The documented electoral findings are mentioned below:
Late opening of polling stations
In Luxor, the polling stations no. 37 and 38 in Kiman Al Matana School in Esna, opened at 8.45 am.
In Kalyoubia, the polling station no. 26 in Kafr Ramada Primary School in kalyoub opened at 8.50 am.
In Giza, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented opening the polling stations in Gazerat Al Dahab Preparatory School in Monib at 8.25 am.
In Alexandria, the polling stations in Al Kabbary Preparatory School in Mina Al Basal opened at 8.25 am.
In Cairo, the polling stations in Om Al Abtal Secondary School for Girls in Helwan opened at 8.25 am.
In North Sinai, the observers of the Egyptian coalition observed opening the polling stations in Molhakat Al Moalmin School in Arish at 8.25 am.
Violation of electoral silence
In Luxor, the supporters of Mohamed Morsi were directing voters to vote for him in front of the Azhar Institute in Al Riaina in Arment Al Hiet.
In Sohag, the supporters of Ahmed Shafiq were directing voters to vote for him in the polling station no. 36, the Municipality of Bani Gamil in Belina.
In bani Suef, the supporters of Mohamed Morsi were directing voters to vote for him in front of the the polling stations in Samista Preparatory School for Boys.
In Alexandria, the supporters of Ahmed Shafiq were directing voters to vote for him in front of the polling station no. 9 in Al Ikhlas Secondary School in Mina Al Basal.
Banning observers from entering polling stations
In Assuit, the observer of the Egyptian coalition was banned from entering the polling stations in Al habalsa Preparatory School in Al Kosia.
In Giza, the observers of the Egyptian coalition were banned from entering polling stations in Al farouk Omar Primary School in Monib.
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 banning the observers of the Egyptian coalition from entering polling stations violates article no. 8 of the Presidential Election Commission’s decision no. 11, year 2012. 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. 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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