Low Turnouts, Breach of Confidentiality, Electoral Bribes, shutting down polling stations

October 18th, 2015 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization of Human Rights

    Low Turnouts, Breach of Confidentiality, Electoral Bribes, shutting down polling stations

            The Fourth Report

    EOHR supervisors witnessed low turnouts of voters (as low as 4%) during the first day of the first round of parliamentary elections 2015. Additionally, EOHR supervisors also reported delays in opening polling stations leading to the conjoining of subcommittees under the supervision of very few judges/chairmen. As a result of the law turnouts, candidates offered electoral bribes to voters out of desperation.

EOHR supervisors reported a breach in the terms of conduct put in place by the supreme electoral committee; examples of these breaches consist of clamor and agitation inside the polling stations as well as distribution of electoral bribes.

Oversights within polling stations:

Giza Governorate:

EOHR supervisors reported the replacement of one of the committee’s administrators with a candidate’s representative to do the job consisting of checking the voters’ identification and signatures on paper ballots. This led to the representative directing and influencing voters in favor of the candidate he acts in place of. This incident took place at polling station No.51 located at Om El-Moemenin High School.

Minya Governorate:

   EOHR supervisors—located at polling station No.18 at El-Qawmeya High– reported the absence of any information/directions on ballot boxes.

Polling:

Fayoum Governorate:

EOHR supervisors—located at polling station No.15 at El-Zawya El-Khadra’a School, Sonoras Center—reported the chairman of the committee denying illiterate and special needs citizens from voting.

Shutting Down Polling Stations:

Asyut Governorate:

EOHR supervisors—located at polling stations No.15, 16, 17 at El-Qawseya High School, El-Qawseya Center—reported polling stations closing down at eight o’clock in the evening and denying entrance of civilians to vote. This is in violation of the designated closing time, which is nine o’clock in the evening, set forth by the supreme electoral committee.

 

Bani-Seouf Governorate:

   EOHR supervisors—located at polling stations No. 203,204,205 at Bani-Seouf Primary School, Sharq El-Nil—reported the distribution of flyers outside the polling station as propaganda for an electoral candidate.

 

Minya Governorate:

EOHR supervisors reported electoral campaigns taking place from the personal vehicles of a candidate’s representatives.

EOHR supervisors reported the use of phone speakers for electoral campaign purposes outside polling stations No.12, 13, 14 located at the Religious Center, Salamut.

 

Asyut Governorate:

EOHR supervisors reported representatives and supporters of electoral candidates using microphone speakers outside of polling stations to recruit voters. This event occurred at Manfalut, Dairut, and El-Bedari districts.

 

Qenna Governorate:

EOHR supervisors reported electoral banners posted outside polling stations located at the Commercial High School and El-Nagaheya school in Nagaa Hamadi.

Supervisors denied from entering polling stations:

Aswan Governorate:

EOHR supervisors were denied entrance of polling stations No. 93—located at El-Bayara School, Kom Embo Center—despite holding a legitimate authorization card issued by the supreme electoral committee.

EOHR supervisors reported journalist Doaa Ibrahim (Veto News) denied to take pictures, at polling station No. 55, despite having an authorization issued by the supreme electoral committee.

 

Bani Seouf Governorate:

EOHR supervisors reported that the security denied a European delegation and commissioner from entering the polling station although granted permission for electoral supervision from the supreme electoral committee. The polling station was located at El-wehda El-Mahaleya at Dahl village, Samsata Center.

 

Dictating the voters’ free will:

Bani-Seouf Governorate:

EOHR supervisors—located at polling station Hussein Galal Industrial High School, Samsata Center—reported an attempt of a candidate’s representative to direct and influence civilians to vote for his same choice of candidate.

 

Unanimous Voting:

Giza Governorate:

EOHR supervisors at polling station No.17,18 reported groups of civilians filling out their paper ballots unanimously at the same time.

Electoral Bribes:

Fayoum Governorate:

EOHR supervisors—located at “Bani Etman” School, Sonoras Center—reported the reoccurrence of electoral bribes in exchange for an oath from civilians to vote from x candidate.

 

Minya Governorate:

EOHR supervisors—located at El-Gomhoreya School—reported more distribution of electoral bribes from a candidate’s representative to voters.

 

Aswan Governorate:

EOHR supervisors reported a candidate and member of Al-Nour political party caught red-handed while distributing electoral bribes to civilians in exchange for their votes; charges were pressed. This incident took place at polling station located at “Abd-El Megeed Hussein.”

 

Violence and Use of Force:

  Giza Governorate:

EOHR supervisors reported gun shots from a Jeep Cherokee vehicle (license plate number 4359.xx.). In response, police forces fired their arms but the attackers still fled the location of polling station.

 

Qenna Governorate:

EOHR supervisors reported the outburst of violent quarrels (physically and verbally) between the supporters of two different candidates leading to the intervention of police forces. The violence took place at the Youth Center at Nagaa Hamadi district.

 

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