Statement (2) The Outcomes of Monitoring the Referendum Process by the Egyptian Coalition for Monitoring Elections (ECME) The Second Day

January 15th, 2014 by Editor

  • Increasing turnout by the middle of the second day
  • Campaigns to urge voters to vote “yes” or “no”
  • Electoral propaganda
  • Mass transfer of voters

The voting process continues for the second and last day with a higher turnout than the early morning in various polling stations amid the same violations that have been monitored on the first day, which varied from Muslim Brothers’ attempts to assemble and intimidate voters, influence the will of the voters, electoral propaganda, to mass transfer of voters.

However, the feature that has strongly emerged by mid-day is the conducting of large-scale campaigns to urge voters to vote “yes” in the referendum through songs, images and direction of voters; on the other hand there are campaigns by Muslim Brotherhood to cause voters to vote “no” or boycott.

ECME’s observers have monitored many of the abuses that marred the referendum process until the issuance of this report at 01:30 pm as follow:

First: Violence and bullying acts

In Cairo Governorate, ECME’s observers have monitored some Muslim Brotherhood’s supporters assembling and demonstrating at Hilmiyat Al-Zitoon Square, chanting slogans against the army and the police, and trying to intimidate the electorate not to vote in the referendum; the security forces have chased and dispersed them.

In Alexandria Governorate, ECME’s observers have monitored a number of supporters of Muslim Brotherhood Group staging demonstration at Dekhela region, west of Alexandria, chanting slogans against the Army and Police and intimidating voters in order to boycott the referendum.

ECME’s observers have also monitored supporters of Muslim Brotherhood Group gathering in Sidi Beshr, Montazah calling for citizens to boycott the constitution and chanting slogans against the Army and Police. Security forces have chased them arresting six persons.

In Giza Governorate, ECME’s observers have monitored outbreak of clashes close to the polling stations of Al-Qahira Preparatory School at Auseem District between supporters of Muslim Brotherhood Group and voters during funeral ceremonies of Auseem’s dead person; causing interruption of voting process and temporary closure of the polling stations.

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

In Qena Governorate, ECME’s observers have monitored attempts of affiliates to “Mostaqbl Watan” campaign in front of Al-Salam Primary School to direct voters to say “Yes”.

In front of polling stations at Al-Mofargia Primary School, ECME’s observers have also monitored propaganda and attempts to direct voters to say “Yes” using cars that play patriotic songs.

In North Sinai Governorate, ECME’s observers, at the polling stations of Al-Kawther Primary School at Sheikh Zuweid, have monitored banners inside the school’s yard urging voters to say “Yes”. ECME’s observers have also monitored some persons from Ministry of Youth and Sports using propaganda and urging citizens to say “Yes”.

In Minya Governorate, ECME’s observers have monitored persons directing voters to come out for the referendum and to vote with “yes” at Malawi District using songs.

In Assiut Governorate, ECME’s observers have monitored persons belonging to Mostaqbal Watan Campaign trying to direct voters in front of polling stations no. (123, 124 and 125) at Quseya Azhari Institute for Girls in Quseya to vote with “yes.”

In Menoufia Governorate, ECME’s observers have monitored some supporters of Muslim Brotherhood at Kafr Abu Al Hassan School in Qwesna circulating rumors alleging the extension of voting period until tomorrow Thursday, for reducing the number of voters on the second day.

Third: Mass transfer of voters

In Minya Governorate, ECME’s observers have monitored mass transfer of voters at Malawi District by cars owned by Al Nour Party supporters to vote with “yes”, including car holding plate no. (NSG 1261).

In Gharbia Governorate, ECME’s observers have monitored cases of mass transfer of voters in front of the polling stations at (Abdul Hameed Selim School and Al Mahala Secondary Industrial School) using some cars of internal transport, including car holding plate no. (6404) belonging to the City Council of Al Mahala, transporting voters to cast their ballots.

Fourth: Slowness of Electoral Process

In Giza Governorate, ECME’s observers have monitored the accumulation of voters in front of polling stations no. (52,53 and 54) at Amir Al Shora’ School in Ayyat District as a result of the slowness of voters entry.

It is noteworthy that the ECME is composed of about 128 human rights and development organizations and associations throughout 27 governorates. The operations 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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