The National Council for Human Rights issued the final report for the first phase of the parliamentary elections 2011-2012.
The report was published on the council official site and included; the positive and the negative sides of the process, complaints reported to Elections Chamber, vote-count evaluation as well as some recommendations. It was noted that a similar report will be issued after every elections' phase.
There were many positive points stated in the report, such as; the high rates of voter participation, high turnout of women and old people, high rates of Coptic voters, securing the polling stations, the disappearance of thugs and enabling the observers to do their jobs in all the governorates. Moreover, implementing the juridical rule to annul the elections in Cairo's first consistency and some other consistencies in Alexandria and Assuit was commended.
On the other hand, there were some other negative sides mentioned in the report, for example; the delay in opening some polling stations for long hours, the delay in receiving ballot cards in some stations and some of them were not even stamped. Moreover, violating the law of halting propaganda campaign two days prior the elections and banning the use of religion in those campaigns. Also, the low turnout in the runoff was pointed out. The report declared that all the previously mentioned points show that the Supreme Election Committee was not ready neither for planning nor management of the electoral process.
Furthermore, the report declared that the vote-count process witnessed a chaotic atmosphere which proves the poor planning for the whole procedure. Hence, the Central Operation Chamber for the first phase received 1597 complains, mostly from Cairo and Alexandria.
The report recommended having executive procedures to avoid the mistakes done in the first phase concerning the election process and the voters' rights. Also, the competing parties should respect the law regarding campaigning and using the religion to encourage the people to vote for them.