Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

Egypt: Latest Developments of Egypt's Constitutional Referendum

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Egyptians began casting their votes in the referendum on the country's new constitution on Saturday.

Below are the latest developments:

Cairo:

. Long queues of women at a Shubra polling station where a veiled woman verbally attacked different media outlets and members of Egypt's highest court, an eyewitness said.

. Some polling stations witnessed high turnout, others did not.

. Some Salafis (ultraconservatives) were seen outside one polling station trying to convince voters to vote "yes".

. Some voters complained that ballots were not stamped while a judge complained that there were not enough staff members to assist voters.

. United States envoy in Egypt Anne Patterson visited some polling stations.

. President Mohamed Mursi voted at a Heliopolis polling station on Saturday morning.

. Prime Minister Hisham Kandil visited some polling stations to make sure the referendum was carrying on smoothly.

. Coptic Pope Tawadros voted on Saturday.

. Police and army forces are present to secure polling stations.

. A calm atmosphere generally prevailed at polling stations.

Alexandria:

. More than one polling station witnessed violations - including vehicles distributing flyers calling on voters to vote "yes" for stability.

. Security director of Alexandria insisted that all polling stations were in order and none were closed.

Sharqiya:

Shura Council chairman Ahmed Fahmy voted on Saturday morning - where he was met by chants from opponents of the draft constitution.

. Most polling stations opened on time except for some due to the tardiness of the judges supervising the vote.

. The turnout is only average due to the low temperature.

. Some polling stations have not opened until now.

Gharbiya:

. At one polling station, names of diseased citizens were found in registration books.

. At one polling station, voters reported unstamped ballots.

. The "Laptop Phenomena" returns with citizens rallying by polling stations to persuade voters of their views.

. High turnout at a number of polling stations as others have not opened yet.

Assiut:

. Polling stations at one village opened late as two families exchanged fire due to an unresolved conflict - polls only reopened when security forces were able to contain the tension. One person was injured in the confrontations.

. Some polling stations opened late as judges counted the ballots, others because judges arrived late.

. Assiut's governor voted on Saturday, insisting to stand in the queue for his turn.

. Some polling stations witnessed high turnout.

Aswan:

. Confrontations broke out between Islamists and their opponents after Islamists objected to journalists photographing veiled women attempting to manipulate the vote of some people.

. Turnout has increased at some polling stations as it remained low in others.

. Some polling stations opened late.

. Some veiled women were seen persuading voters to vote "yes" at one polling station.

. Opponents of the constitution were seen distributing flyers urging voters to turn down the charter at some polling stations.

North Sinai:

. Low turnout in Arish at some polling stations.

. Judges - who are overseeing polls - arrived late at a number of polling stations.

Sohag:

. High turnout since polls opened.

. Over 100 polling stations opened late due to the tardiness of judges who are supposed to monitor the polls.

. One polling station could not carry on as ballots were missing.

South Sinai:

. Very low turnout at most polling stations where heavy security - police and army - was deployed.

. Some polling stations opened late.

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