Statement (3) The Outcomes of Monitoring the Referendum Process by the Egyptian Coalition for Monitoring Elections (ECME) The Second Day
January 15th, 2014 by Editor
The voting process continues for the second day. The violations varied, increasing during clashes and bullying that took place in different areas. Also attempts to influence voters, electoral propaganda, and attempts to vote in a collective way continued throughout the day.
The following are reports from the coalition observers who monitored the referendum process and the abuses that occurred.
First: violence and bullying acts:
In the province of Damietta, the coalition observers witnessed some people from the supporters of the Brotherhood trying to intimidate voters in order to prevent them from voting in front of the Montazah in El-Asaar school electoral committee. Security forces, with the help of locals, pursued and arrested them.
In the province of Aswan, the coalition observers reported that security forces found a car bomb near the committee No.1 in El-Zakhrafya School in Aswan, the voting process was stopped for two hours until the bomb squad removed the bomb.
In El-Gharbya province, monitors witnessed an eruption of clashes in front of Omar Zaafan Mahalla al-Kubra, during which a Brotherhood supporter was strongly trying to direct voters to vote “no”.
In the North Sinai governorate, the coalition observers monitored the event of security forces finding a car bomb near a military boys high school located in Al-Arish on July 23 street. The bomb squad dismantled the bomb and two people were arrested.
In the governorate of Cairo, the coalition observers monitored some supporters of the Brotherhood gathering in El-Mirghani Street and using of fireworks and firing shots cartridges and the security forces pursue them and disperse them. The coalition observers monitored some supporters of the Brotherhood gathering and demonstrating near a police station in Heliopolis Roxy and there were clashes between them and the security forces which resulted in the burning of the police station.
In the province of Alexandria, observers monitored a number of people from the supporters of the Brotherhood in the Gilliam area east of Alexandria assembling and demonstrating in an attempt to intimidate voters and asking the voters to boycott the referendum, chanting slogans against the army and police, and deliberately clash with security forces, resulting in the burning a car belong to the police of Alexandria after they crashed it as they tried to attack 2 individual officers whom were inside the car and the security forces pursue them.
In the province of Minya, the coalition observers monitored one person threw a bottle of water in front of the committees in Taha Hussien primary School Bani Mazar center to terrorize the voters.
Second: Influence on the will of voters and the election propaganda:
In Ismailia, the coalition observers monitored some people in front of Abu Bakr El-Sedeek School in the sixth Center New Damietta directing the voters to vote “yes.”
In the province of Dakahlia, the coalition observers monitored a number of people in front of the committees in Sahrajat El-Kobra School directing the voters to vote “yes” in the school yard.
Third: the collective vote of the electorate:
In El-Gharbya province, the coalition observers monitored a collective vote incident in the Committee No. (93) In Mohamed Farid School.
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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