3rd report: Monitoring the course of the House of Representatives elections 2020 in the second phase

November 7th, 2020 by Editor

(Medium participation rate – along with some violations)

The electoral process for the second phase of the House of Representatives elections began on Saturday 7/11/2020 at nine o’clock in the morning. The second phase extends on November 7-8, from nine o’clock in the morning until nine o’clock in the evening. The electoral process for the House of Representatives elections is operating under full judicial supervision.

31 million Egyptian citizens are entitled to cast their electoral vote in the second phase. The National Elections Authority launched the second phase in the 13 governorates: “Cairo, Qalyubia, Dakahlia, Menoufia, Gharbia, Kafr El Sheikh, Sharkia, Damietta , Port Said, Ismailia, Suez, North Sinai, South Sinai. These voters are will vote in 9,468 polling stations to choose 284 deputies in the individual and lists systems. The polling stations are supervised by about 12,000 judges.

In the individual system in the second phase, 2,083 candidates in 70 individual constituencies will compete, while the number of candidates in the list system in the second phase is 284 primary candidates. As for the list system, the Men Agl Masr list will compete with the Independents’ Alliance list over 100 seats in Cairo, South, and Central Delta. In the East Delta, the battle for the 42 seats is primarily between Men Agl Masr and Abnaa Masr lists.

The House of Representatives consists of 284 deputies from the “absolute closed lists”, and 284 independent candidates for a total of 568 elected representatives. The parliament will include 142 women or 25% of the seats. The President of the Republic will appoint 28 deputies, including 7 women or 5% of the parliament. This brings the total number of the House of Representatives to 596.

Preventive and precautionary measures:

The Ministry of Health has dispatched medical teams and ambulances to all electoral headquarters in the second phase governorate committees. This is to work to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).  The state has urged all citizens to adhere to wearing a mask while participating in the second phase elections, as well as adhering to social distancing inside and outside the polling stations.

Electoral Violations:

The organization’s observers detected a set of electoral violations in some of the second phase governorate polling stations, starting from 11:30 in the morning until 3:00 in the morning. These violations are the failure of candidates or their representatives to observe the electoral impartiality issued by the decision of the National Elections Commission, as well as violations of the delay in opening some electoral committees. As for the attendance rate, the polling stations in the second phase witnessed a relatively average attendance rate compared to the participation of citizens in the first round of the House of Representatives elections.

Violations of the election propaganda:

Cairo:

  • The organization detected an election campaign violation in the Zeytoun Valley School polling station in favor of the Al-Shaab Al-Gomhori candidate.
  • The organization detected an electoral propaganda violation, as a number of candidates in the Mostaqbal Watan Party provided cars to transport voters between the various polling station.
  • The organization observed a violation of voter directives and the distribution of electoral bribes in front of polling stations 6 October Elementary School and Al Zahraa Primary School in Ain Shams for the candidate of the Mostaqbal Watan Party.
  • The organization monitored an electoral campaign violation and electoral bribes in front of the polling station of Imam Muhammad Abdo Preparatory School in Ain Shams district in favor of the candidate of the Mostaqbal Watan Party.
  • The organization detected a violation of distributing electoral bribes in Amr Ibn Al-Aas School in the Old Cairo District for the candidate of the Mostaqbal Watan Party.
  • The organization detected a violation of distributing electoral bribes in favor of one of the candidates in front of the 65. 66. 67 committees in Ibn Rushd Preparatory School in Al-Amiriya.

North Sinai:

  • The organization detected an electoral propaganda violation in the city of Al-Arish in favor of the Mostaqbal Watan candidate, as well as the violation of providing mass transport vehicles for voters in favor of the Mostaqbal Watan Party candidate.

Gharbia:

  • The organization observed a violation of the Salah El-Din School polling station in Al-Mahalla, where cars are used to transport voters in favor of the Mostaqbal Watan candidate, some of them carrying number 4193 AMS.
  • The organization detected an electoral campaign violation in front of the polling station in Tanta District.
  • The organization monitored a violation of transporting voters in a car bearing No. 4193 AMS, and directing voters in favor of a candidate for the Mostaqbal Watan Party in front of the Salah al-Din School polling station in the Mahalla district.
  • The organization detected a propaganda violation, hanging banners, and directing voters to polling station at the Teachers ’School in the Awal Mahalla district in favor of the candidate of the Mostaqbal Watan Party.

Kafr El-Sheikh:

  • The organization observed a violation of providing mass transit vehicles for voters and paying electoral bribes for one of the independent candidates.

Damietta:

  • The organization detected a violation of voter directives in favor of the Shaab Gomhori candidate and the Mostaqbal Watan Party in El-Seyala polling station in Damietta.

Daqahlia:

  • The organization detected an election campaign violation in front of the polling station at the Belqas Center Girls’ Secondary School.
  • The organization detected a violation of directing voters in front of the polling station of the preparatory school for boys, and transferring voters in favor of the candidate of the Mostabal Qatan Party in Belqas district.
  • The organization detected an electoral propaganda violation in front of the polling station and a uniform bearing the name of one of the candidates in the secondary and middle school polling station in Belqas Center.
  • The organization monitored a violation of distributing electoral bribes and buying votes in favor of a Mostaqbal Watan nation’s candidate at polling station 89.90. 91 Ayyad School, Belqas Center.
  • The organization detected a violation of transporting voters in a car bearing No. (5386) DADJ, and directing voters in favor of one of the candidates in the Belqas district.
  • The organization detected a violation of providing cars to transport voters and distributing electoral bribes for one of the candidates of the Mostaqbal Watan Party in the polling station of the Al-Azhar Religious Institute in Belqas.

Sharkiya

  • The organization observed a violation of some candidates in the Al Husseiniya Secondary School for Girls polling station directing the voters in favor of an independent candidate and providing cars to transport the voters.
  • The organization observed a violation near the polling station of the Manashat Bechara Elementary School, whereby cars were provided to transport and direct voters in favor of the candidate of the Mostaqbal Watan Party.
  • The organization monitored a violation of voter transfer and orientation in favor of one of the independent candidates before the Al Hussainiya Preparatory School for Girls polling station.
  • The organization detected a violation of the direction and transport of voters in a car in front of the polling station of the New Primary School in Izbat Al-Tal, Al-Hussainiya

Monofiya:

  • The organization monitored a violation of the mobilization of workers in the correctional factories in Shebin El-Kom to vote in favor of the national list and transporting them to the election headquarters via mass transit vehicles.

Other Violations

Dakahlia:

  • The organization monitored fist clashes between representatives of the candidates in the polling stations in the village of Sharqia Al Maasara. As a result, some individuals were injured.

Voter Turn-out:

Damietta:

  • The organization monitored an average turnout inside the Al-Azhar Institute in the Al-Aasar region in Damietta, on the first days of the Parliament elections in Damietta, when some people flocked to the polling stations. Women were in the lead the first hours there.

North Sinai:

  • The organization monitored the gradual increase in the number of voters in front of the parliamentary elections polling stations in North Sinai, with more participation by women and the elderly.

Menoufia:

  • The organization monitored an average presence of voters in front of the gates of the polling stations in Menoufia Governorate.

Qalyubia:

  • The organization monitored a moderate voter turnout before the House of Representatives election polling stations In Qalyubia

Cairo:

  • The organization monitored the influx of voters arriving at the polling station at Al-Nokrashi Secondary School for Boys in the Hadayek al-Kobba district, to cast their votes in the second phase of the elections to the House of Representatives, and young people of both sexes were the most popular in voting.
  • The organization monitored the continued voter turnout for the 15 May district school polling stations, including “Mustafa Kamel Joint, Saad Zaghloul Secondary Girls School, Ali Mubarak, Ahmed Zewail Experimental”, in the afternoon hours. The elderly women and men dominated the electoral scene from the first hours of the start of the second phase of the House of Representatives election round.

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