18 February 2012

Egypt: Failed Shura Candidates Appeal Elections Results

Scores of failed Shura candidates in Suez protested against the elections results announced on Friday. Some of them said they filed appeals against the results because of what they called the absence of judges during ballot counting and some violations of Freedom and Justice Party's (FJP) representatives.

Runoffs of Suez are set to take place between the Salafist Al-Nour Party's Ahmed Mahmoud Al-Rawi and the independent Gamal Ebeid on the workers' seat, and between FJP's Suzan Saad Zaghloul and Al-Nour's Mahdi Mohamed Al-Kadi on the brackets' seat.

Ashraf Attallah, an independent candidate (brackets), said that Al-Wafd Party and a number of candidates filed appeals before the Administrative Court in Ismailia.

Attallah also said that both FJP's and Al-Nour's representatives committed a number of violations inside polling centres.

He added that some mistakes happened during ballot counting about which he said that "some judges did not attend.. These are not our votes, we have more votes than this."

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