Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

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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