December 1st, 2015 by Editor
Delays in Opening Polling Stations—influencing voters:
The First Report of the First Day of the Second Stage Run-Off
On Tuesday 12/01/2015, the second stage run-off of the Parliamentary elections begins. Today, 13 governorates are included as follows: Cairo, Al-Qalyoubeya, Al-Dakahleya, Al-Monoufeya, Al-Gharbeya, Kafr El-Sheikh, Al-Sharkeya, Domyat, Port-Said, Al-Ismailiya, Al-Swiss, North and South Sinai. The total number of voters is 28 million and 204 thousand; the total number of polling stations is 102 committees, 13 thousand and 858 sub-committees, and 5 thousand and 622 Electoral Centers.
Today’s elections consist only of individual seats as the political party “In the Love of Egypt” has previously won all seats assigned to political party groups. That was in the following governorates: Cairo, South and Center Delta, and East Delta. The total number of seats won by said political party is 60 seats.
There are 426 electoral candidates competing over 213 seats in 99 circuits. These are the remaining candidates after nine had previously won in the first round of the second stage of the elections.
The Egyptian Organization of Human Rights has received information about the following violations, so far: delays in opening polling stations, directing and influencing voters, errors and oversights in polling stations.
The following report presents said violations that have taken place today, during the time period of 9 am until 12 pm.
Delays in opening polling stations:-
EOHR supervisors reported that, at October 6th Junior High, polling stations No. 60 and 62, were not open until 9:30 am.
At “Om El-Abtal” School, Masr Junior High,and “Manara El-Khateeb” School, all polling stations were not open until 9:30 am due to the late arrival of supervising judges.
EOHR supervisors, at “Al-Gomhoureya” Primary School, El-Maadi circuit, reported the delayed opening of polling station No.4 until 9:40 am due to the late arrival of judges.
EOHR supervisors reported more delays in opening polling stations, located at “Shebeen El Kom” High School, until 9:15 am this morning.
EOHR supervisors reported a delay in opening polling station No.59, until 10:20 am this morning, due to the late arrival of the supervising judges. Said polling station is located at El-Sayalla Junior High, Bandar Domyat Circuit.
EOHR supervisors reported more delays in opening 4 polling stations, at Meet Sheikh School, Al-Otouh, Nasheel, and Sard, schools, Qotour Cicuit, until 9:30 am due to the late arrival of judges.
EOHR supervisors reported the delayed opening of polling station No.48, at Meet Zeid Village, due to the illness of the supervising judge.
EOHR supervisors, located at “Saad Sheta” Schools, reported more delays in opening the polling stations until 9:30 am this morning, also due to the late arrival of the supervising judges.
EOHR supervisors reported the reoccurrence of electoral bribes in favor of electoral candidate with the (radio) symbol, estimated at 300 Egyptian pounds per vote, and that was at the following polling stations: “El-Farouk Omar Bin El-Khatab,” and “El-Louzi” High School for girls.
EOHR supervisors reported delays in opening polling station No.116, which is located at “El-Okada” Primary School, Fayed Center, until 9:15 am this morning.
Errors and Oversights within polling stations:
EOHR supervisors reported a supervising council leaving polling station No.24 for fifteen minutes, while on duty, in order to move his car; this polling station is located at “El-Sayeda Nafeesa” School, El-Abasseya district, El-Wayli Circuit.
Directing and Influencing Voters:-
EOHR supervisors reported the distribution of electoral flyers in favor of the electoral candidate with the (pine tree) symbol, at polling station “Om El-Abtal” School, Ein Shams Circuit.
In front of Al-Safa Junior High, El-Safa Village, Toukh Center, EOHR supervisors reported more distribution of electoral flyers by agents of electoral candidate with the (sun) symbol, in an attempt to influence and direct voters.
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