Statement (3)

January 14th, 2014 by Editor

The Outcomes of Monitoring the Referendum Process by the Egyptian Coalition for Monitoring Elections (ECME)

The First Day

 

  • Increasing acts of violence with three deaths in Sohag
  • Influence on the will of the voters
  • Temporary suspension of voting process

The referendum process continued amid many violations and abuses that have emerged on the scene, such as the increasing acts of violence by Muslim Brotherhood and deliberate clash with security forces, causing 3 deaths in Sohag Governorate; in addition to the continuing influence on voters, propaganda in different governorates and mass transfer of voters.

First: Violence and bullying acts

In Sohag Governorate, ECME’s observers have monitored the fall of three persosns, six wounded, and 17 arrested of 200 from the Muslim Brotherhood in Sohag City, Al Zahra Area in front of Al-Mo’alimeen School as a result of clashes between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and the security forces; the latter have arrested 15 people.

In Damietta Governorate, ECME’s observers have monitored that security forces found an explosive device inside a car next to Omar Bin Abdul Aziz Secondary School For Girls at New Damietta; which was defused by  security men.

In Giza governorate, ECME’s observers have monitored that Muslim Brotherhood organized marches to Nahia Village Eelementary Education Center at Imbaba District at 01:00 pm; used bricks, Molotov cocktails and insults against the armed forces entrusted with securing the polling stations; and burned tires to provoke panic and prevent voters from reaching the polls. The armed forces responded using tear gas, which led to disperse the march in side streets.

Second: Influence on the will of voters and the election propaganda

In Daqahlia Governorate, ECME’s observers have monitored cars cruising streets of Mansuora City and in front of all polling stations, including Azhar Institute Election Complex, Sharq School and Ezbet Akl School showing diverse propaganda materials urging voters to say “Yes”.

In Port Said, ECME’s observers have monitored banners inside the yard of Fatema Al-Zahraa Experimental Language School urging citizens to vote “Yes”.

In Kafr Al-Sheikh Governorate, ECME’s observers have monitored a judge, in charge of the voting process at polling stations nos. (37 and 38), is directing voters to say “No”.

Third: Temporary suspension of voting process

In Beheira Governorate, ECME’s observers have monitored the temporary suspension of the voting process at Azhar Institute at Smkhrat as well as the experimental school at Al-Rahmaniyah. The judges in charge of supervising the referendum have exchanged the names of voters inside the said polling stations and the voters lists have been exchanged between both schools. The voting has been suspended in both schools and when the responsible judge was asked whether is it possible to transfer the boxes, he said yes on the condition that the approval of the Supreme Election Commission is to be obtained.

Fourth: Violations inside the polling stations

In Kafr Al-Sheikh Governorate, ECME’s observers have monitored the suspension of the voting process in the polling station for non-residents, located at Al-Shaheed Riyad, as the judge refused to enter the voters, without expressing any reason.

Fifth: Mass transfer of voters

In Al-Sharkiya Governorate, ECME’s observers have monitored mass transfer of voters in front of Al-Nasreya School using Daewoo Lanos-car carrying license plate no. (7369).

It is noteworthy that the ECME combines about 128 human rights and development organizations and associations throughout 27 governorates. The operating room, held at the headquarters of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR), is composed of the EOHR, Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR), and Andalus Institute for Tolerance & Anti-Violence Studies.

 

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