13 June 2012

Egypt: Begato - Nobody Allowed Obtaining Database of Voters

Secretary General of the Higher Presidential Election Commission (HPEC) Counselor Hatem Begato said on Wednesday 12/6/2012 nobody is allowed to obtain the database of any voter according to the law.

At a press conference in the State Information Service (SIS) to explain the final arrangements for the presidential run-off, set for June 16-17, he added that nobody will be allowed to influence the choice of voters during the ballot process.

Begato highlighted that, according to the law, nobody is allowed to get the database of voters.

He confirmed that any attempt to intimidate the HPEC members will be futile. Also, he added, anybody, proven seeking to influence the voters during the ballot process will be arrested.

He deemed the turnout of the first round of the presidential election, which stood at 46 percent, as a negative aspect of the polls. He expressed hope that the turnout in the run-off would hit 70 percent.

Representatives of media outlets are allowed to attend the vote counting process, he said.

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