Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (Cairo)

Egypt: Massive Campaigning for Voting 'Yes' Continues

press release

Egyptians continuing voting Saturday in a referendum on a new constitution to replace the one suspended after the 2011 revolution. Electoral violations continued specially influencing voters to vote "yes", absence of juridical supervision and banning media specialists and NGOs observers from entering the polling stations.

Until 2 pm, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition of Electoral Observation witnessed electoral violations including:

Influencing voters:

In Sharkia, the supporters of the Islamic powers in the polling stations no. 15 and 16 in Awlad Mosa primary School in Abu Kebir, were urging voters to vote "yes".

In Cairo, in Ahmed Shawki School in Sharabia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition found 2 ladies with laptops urging voters to vote "yes" for the new constitution.

In Alexandria, the observers of the Egyptian coalition witnessed in polling station no. 6 in Bitah Primary School in Agamy ladies urging voters to vote "yes" for the new constitution.

Banning entrance of NGOs' observers:

In Cairo, the observers of the civil society organizations, journalists, media specialists and reporters of international news agencies were banned from entering the polling stations in Al Bahia and Shahid Abdel Hafez Schools.

In Dakahlia, the Egyptian coalition observer was banned from entering the polling stations in the School Complex in Nabaro.

Problems with voter lists:

In Cairo, the voter Haidi Fatehi could not find her name within the voter lists in the polling station no. 13 in the Intellectual Education School in Nasr City. The voter lists were not complete in the polling stations in Sidki Soliman School in Nasr City. The observers found many names of dead people in the voter lists of the polling stations such as Fadila Ismail Abdollah no. 4458 and Said Sayed Mohammed no. 2559, Helmia School for Boys.

In sharkia, the voter lists were incomplete in Mohamed Hussein barakat primary Schhol in Asha Village in Mashtol Al Sok.

Non-stamped ballots:

In Cairo, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition discovered non-stamped ballots in the polling station no. 16 in Helmiat Al Zaiton School for Girls, polling station no. 5 in Tarek Ibn Ziad School in Shobra Misr and the polling station no. 9 in Sayeda Aisha and Road Al Farag Schools.

In Sharkia, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition discovered non-stamped ballots in the polling station no. 11 and 12 in Haswa Primary School in Abu Keber and polling stations no. 13 and 14 in Nazlat Al Arin School.

Closing polling stations:

In Cairo, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition discovered closing doors of polling stations in Fostat Primary School in Misr Al Kadima following and attack made by a police officer against clashing women in the school. The supervising judge closed the polling station no. 18 in Al nasr School in Misr Al Gadida and went to pray. Coptic women were banned from voting in the polling station no. 23 in Ibn Al Nafis School in Nasr City. The polling station no. 3 in Al Ahram School in Misr Al Gadida was closed for 3 hours.

In Sharkia, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition witnessed the supervisor of the polling station no. 4 in Othman Ibn Affan School in the 10th of Ramadan dismissing the voters and banning them from voting.

In Dakhlia, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition documented closing the polling station no. 78 in Mohammed Anani School in Dams at 9 am.

Group transport:

In Alexandria, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition witnessed the cars no. 2487 and 9163, belong to freedom and Justice Political Party, transporting voters to Ras Al Sawda Educational Complex to vote "yes".

Forged ballots:

In Cairo, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition witnessed in the polling station no. 4 in the Fine Arts faculty unstamped ballots, checked "yes".

In Sharkia, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition found ballots, checked "yes", in the polling station no. 48 in Wadi Gharbi Primary School in Abu hammad.

In Dakhlia, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition found a lawyer checking the ballots "yes" for the voters. The voters raged against him and forcibly opened the ballot boxes.

The Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation includes 123 development and human rights' civil society organizations, in 26 governorates countrywide. The coalition has formed an equipped operation room for receiving the statements of the local and international observers on the situation in the polling stations. The operation room is located at the Egyptian organization for Human Rights (EOHR).

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