16 December 2012
Egypt: Rights Groups List Violations in Constitution Referendum
A number of Egyptian rights groups have asked for the first round of the referendum on Egypt's new constitution to be repeated due to violations that marred it.
In a press conference on Sunday, the groups listed these violations:
- Lack of judicial supervision
- Disallowing civil society members from watching over the counting of ballots
- Allowing members of the Freedom and Justice Party to enter polling stations with official passes
- Unstamped/unverified ballots
- Religious slogans/demonizing those who do not approve of the draft constitution
- Deliberately delaying the vote at some polling stations of women, to deprive them from participation
- Putting under siege the headquarters of two parties that are members of the main opposition coalition (calling for a "no" vote)
- Lack of phosphoric ink - used to prevent voters from casting more than one ballot
- Closing of some polling stations before the due time
- Collective vote at some polling stations
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