The First Report of the First day of the Second Stage

November 22nd, 2015 by Editor

Delay in Opening Polling Stations—Electoral Propaganda:

The Egyptian Organization of Human Rights 

The Results of the Follow-up of the Parliamentary elections of 2015

The First Report of the First day of the Second Stage

On Sunday 22/11/2015, the second stage of the parliamentary elections was launched. This stage includes 13 governorates as follows: el-Monoufeya, El-Gharbeya, el-Qalyoubeya, Kafr-el-Sheikh, el-Sharqeya, el-Ismailiya, Port-Said, Domyat, North of Sinai, and Cairo. The total number of electoral candidates is 2877 candidate, competing on 222 individual seats and 60 political party seats.

The number of voters during this second stage is 28 million and 204 thousand and 225 voters’ distributed on 102 polling stations.

Cairo:

Cairo is considered the biggest election circuit for individual seats: 49 seats are distributed on 24 circuits including 817 candidates; 560 candidates of the 817 are competing individually, and 257 are political party competitors. The total number of female candidates is 68 women.

El-Sharqeya:

It includes 30 seats distributed on 13 circuits.

 

El-Daqahleya:

It includes 29 electoral seats distributed on 11 circuits.

El-Qalyoubeya:

This governorate includes 25 seats distributed on 10 circuits.

El-Gharbeya:

24 electoral seats distributed on 9 circuits.

Al-Monoufeya:

This is the final governorate where elections are taking place today; it includes 20 electoral seats distributed on 9 circuits.

 

As for the remaining seven governorates, Kafr el-Seikh is the only one where there are ten seats, and 16 seats distributed on 8 electoral circuits. Domyat includes 7 electoral seats distributed on 3 circuits. El-Ismailiya has 6 electoral seats distributed on four circuits; North of Sinai is 5 seats for 4 circuits and it is the only governorate with one electoral circuit. Port-Said is somewhat equivalent to North Sinai, however it has three electoral circuits. The south of Sinai is at the end of the second stage where 3 electoral seats are distributed over three electoral circuits.

During these parliamentary elections, a series of violations took place as follows: delay in opening the doors of polling stations, electoral propaganda, and denying the supervisors from entering the polling stations although they carry a legitimate and valid authorization card from the Supreme electoral committee.

The following statement records all violations which occurred today:

Delay in Opening polling stations:

Cairo:

EOHR supervisors reported the delayed opening of polling station No.53—located at “Talaat Harb” High School, Boulaq Abu-El-Ela—until 9:45 am due to the absence of the head of the committee.

EOHR supervisors also reported the delayed opening of another polling station located at the Science Institute Junior High in Old Egypt neighborhood, as it did not open its doors until 9:30 am.

Al-Ismailiya:

EOHR supervisors reported the delayed opening of polling station No.115—located at el-Khafagat School, third circuit, Fayed Center—as it did not open until 11 am this morning where 701 voters are meant to give their votes.

Domyat:

EOHR supervisors at polling stations No.134, 135—located at the Industrial High School—reported their delayed openings until 9:30 am.

Furthermore, EOHR supervisors reported more delayed openings of polling stations No. 136,138; these stations are located at el-Manial Junior High and remained closed until 9:30 am.

EOHR supervisors also reported the delayed opening of polling stations No. 122 and 124 until 10 am this morning; these two polling stations are located at El-Sharbasi School.

 

El-Monofeya:

EOHR supervisors reported the delayed opening of polling station No.7—located at Shebeen El-Kom Junior High—until 9:15 am this morning.

EOHR supervisors also reported the delayed opening of polling station No.4 until 9:30 am. This polling station is located at el-Masai Junior High, Shebeen el-Kom Circuit.

Kafr el-Sheikh:

EOHR supervisors at polling stations No. 32, 34—located at El-Manawefa Village School, El-Hamoul—reported delayed openings until 9:30 am due to the absence of the committee chairmen. Pollings stations No. 9-17 at “Sayed Ghazi” School witnessed the same delay.

El-Sharqeya:

EOHR supervisors at polling stations No. 79 and 81—located at El Hassineya Center—and polling stations No. 75 and 78—located at “Hussein Laban” Primary School—all reported delays in opening the doors for voters until 9:30 am.\

El-Gharbeya:

EOHR supervisors of polling station “Ahmed Orabi” School, East of el-Mahala El Kobra, reported more delays in openings the doors for voters until 9:30 am and this is also due to the absence of the supervising heads of these electoral committees. Polling station No.101 also remained closed until 9:45 am.

EOHR supervisors reported a delay in opening the doors of polling station No. 107 due to the lack of electoral stamps; polling station 107 is located at “Om-El-Moemeneen” Primary School.

 

North Sinai:

EOHR supervisors—located at the Junior High for boys and “El Shahid Ahmed” Schools—reported that the polling stations did not open their doors until 10:30 am.

 

Electoral Propaganda:

Cairo:

EOHR supervisors in front of polling stations “Omar Ebn-Abd El Aziz” High School, Baneen Tora, reported the representative of the electoral candidate, with the (watch) symbol, using a laptop inside the polling station in order to influence civilians to vote for him.

EOHR supervisors also reported the distribution of electoral flyers in order to direct and influence voters, outside the polling station located at “Al-Malek al-Saleh” School in the Old Egypt (Masr El-Qadeema) neighborhood.

 

El-Gharbeya:

EOHR supervisors reported a candidate’s representative hanging up banners on the walls of two polling stations at Kobra El-Mahala (Naser Primary School and El-Taqwa School). They also reported the representative’s use of the candidate’s pictures, all for the purpose of directing and influencing voters.

Errors and Oversights within Polling Stations:

Cairo:

EOHR supervisors observed a candidate grouping voters in his favor, and being surrounded by mini-vans advertising his picture and electoral number and symbol, also to influence and direct voters. This candidate was also transporting voters to the polling station at Helwan and El-Maasera circuits.

EOHR supervisors located at polling stations, October 6th School and “Masr” Junior High, Ein-Shams Circuit, reported more delays in opening the doors for voters as well as not having any ballot papers for voters.

Domyat:

EOHR supervisors at polling stations No.60, 62—“El-Farouk Omar” School—reported the absence of the employees assigned to work in the polling stations during the electoral process.

Group Transportation:

Cairo:

EOHR supervisors reported that the candidate with the electoral symbol of a (watch), was transporting groups of voters with mini-vans and buses to the polling stations. License plate number of one of the buses is: xxx 649.

 

 

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