Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (Cairo)

15 December 2012

Egypt: Absence of Judicial Supervision Affects Fairness and Transparency of Referendum

press release

The Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation is deeply concerned about the increasing number of complaints since 8 am against absence of juridical supervision on referendum in many polling stations in the 10 governorates included in the first round. The coalition also received complaints against adding polling stations to each other in Al Solb Al Gadida and Al Solb Al Kadima Schools, Ali Ibn Abi Taleb School.

In Alexandria, the observers of the Egyptian coalition observed absence of the supervision judge in the polling station no. 21 for women in Bakos School, El Raml, polling station no. 39 in Amir al bahr School in Moharam Bek, polling station no. 6 in Bitash School in Agami, Ahmos school in Minia Al Basal and the polling station no. 27 in Zahraa Preparatory School in Moharam Bek. The same situation was witnessed in the polling station no. 15 in Ahmed Orabi School in Hadra, polling stations no. 87 and 88 in Amr Said School.

In Dakhlia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition observed absence of the supervision judge in the polling station no. 79 in Mohamed Ahmed Al Beltagi School in Nosa Al Gheit, Aga, polling station no. 56 in Sahragt, polling station 4 in Tahrir Primary School in Meet Ghamr, polling stations in meet Faris in mansora and polling station no. 69 in Nasria School, where a court secretary supervised the voting process.

In Sharkia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition observed absence of the supervision judge in the polling station no. 15 and 16 in Awlad Mosa Primary School in Abu Kber and Sayed Ata School in Fakos.

In Cairo, the observers of the Egyptian coalition observed absence of the supervision judge in the polling station no. 28 in Refa Tahtawy School in Sharabia, polling stations no. 70 and 71 in Safia Zaghloul Secondary School in Helwan, polling station no. 3 in Al Ahram School in Misr Al Gadida, Shagar Al Dor School in Maadi and Ahmed Maher School in Hadaek Al Kobba.

In Gharbia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition observed absence of the supervision judge in the polling station no. 24 in Abdel Hai Khalil Preparatory School in Mahala Kobra and the polling station no. 56 in Atif Sadat School in Hadaek Al Kobba, where the polling station supervisor refused providing the voters with his ID.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR), the coordinator of the Egyptian coalition emphasized that the juridical supervision on the referendum is one of the most important guarantees of fairness. Dozens of complaints against the absence of supervising judges raises doubt about the fairness and transparency of the referendum, especially when the complainers received no response from the High Election Commission, which should have provided these polling stations with the required judges. He called upon the High Election Commission to freeze the referendum in the polling stations that do not have supervising judges. These practices, used to disappoint the Egyptian citizens for a long time, during Mubarak era.

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