EOHR’s monitoring mission of the 2018 Egyptian Presidential Elections Day (1)

March 26th, 2018 by Editor

EOHR’s monitoring mission of the 2018 Egyptian Presidential Elections

Day (1)

Egyptian Presidential Elections began on Monday the 26th of March 2018, and polling will go on for 3 days and will end on the evening of the 28th of March 2018. Competing in the elections are incumbent president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and Mousa Mostafa Mousa the leader of Al Ghad party. The elections take place in 13,706 polling stations and are supervised by 18,000 Judges assisted by 110,000 government officials.

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) has about 301 accredited observers on the ground across Egypt’s 27 governorates, and all of them report to the operations room set up by EOHR in its office in Cairo.

EOHR on the first day has reported positive features that dominated the day like special areas to receive senior citizens coming to vote and providing adequate aid to citizens with disabilities who came to cast their votes as well.

EOHR saw that turnout for the first day of elections ranged from low to average in most polling stations.

EOHR has documented a number of different violations on day 1:

Late opening of polling stations:

  1. In the governorate Asyut, EOHR observers documented the late opening of station number 2 at Mahran Khalaf preparatory school in Al Kuwaysa. The station was opened on 9:30 am due to the tardiness of the judge presiding over it.
  2. Station number 61 at Manfaloot Preparatory School opened late at 9:30 am.
  3. At Luxour station 1/12 and 2/12 opened late at 9:30 am
  4. At Dakahlia several polling stations opened their doors late at 9:30 am
  5. In Fayoum stations number 2 and 3 in Bani Adnan primary school opened their doors late at 9:30 am.

Preventing EOHR Observers from access to several polling stations:

  1. In Cairo EOHR’s observer was barred from entering Maadi Al Rasmiya language school which houses a polling station
  2. Most EOHR’s observers were prevented from entering polling stations in Al Dakahlia governorate.

Illegal Campaigning:

  1. In Giza in front of Al Haram Agricultural School EOHR observers documented members of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi’s campaign chanting his name while wearing shirts that have his picture on them, and called upon citizens to vote for their candidate.
  2. In Cairo on the Kornish road in Tora EOHR observers documented a case were citizens lined up in front of a small old shop were individuals bribed citizens with packages of food supplies to go vote for Mr. Al Sisi, the citizens were then taken to nearby minibus carrying the sign of a campaign called participate and hold accountable (Led by member of parliament and business tycoon Akmal Kortam) to take them to polling stations to cast their votes.
  3. In Maghagha in Al Minya governorate a supporter of President Al Sisi from Nation’s Future Party directing voters to vote for him in front of polling station 55 in Al Garnoos Primary school.
  4. In Alexandria several polling stations had banners and crowds carrying signs supporting a candidate in violation of The National Elections Committee’s decree that imposes electoral silence throughout the duration of the vote.

 

 

 

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