Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (Cairo)

22 December 2012

Egypt: Revolving Door 'Ballot' Appeared in Minia

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On December 22, 2012, voting in the second phase of the national referendum on the country's first post-uprising draft constitution continued in the shadow of electoral bribery emerging in midday as well as violations that are not different from those documented during the first phase such as clashes, early closing of some polling stations, campaigning and distribution of nutritive materials for influencing voters to vote "yes" for the draft constitution.

The observers of the Egyptian Coalition of Electoral Observation until 5 pm witnessed electoral violations including:

 Influencing voters:

In Minofia, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation witnessed Islamists having the voter lists outside the polling station no. 50 in Al Masai School in Kwisna urging voters to vote "yes" for the draft constitution.

In kalyoubia, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation in the polling station no. 9 in the Middle Area Primary School in Gabal Asfar in Khanka witnessed individuals influencing voters to vote "yes" to the draft constitution.

In Kafr Al Sheikh, polling station no. 22, Baltim preparatory School for girls, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation documented existence of supporters of Freedom and Justice Political Party influencing voters to vote "yes" to the draft constitution.

In Port Said, the observers of the coalition in the polling stations no. 4 and 5, Salam Secondary School, found individuals influencing voters to vote "yes" to the draft constitution.

In New Valley, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented influencing voters to vote "yes" to the draft constitution in the polling station no. 15 in Zohor Preparatory School.

In Bani Suef, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented influencing voters to vote "yes" to the draft constitution in the polling station no. 8 in Mahmoudia School in Samasta.

In Giza, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented influencing voters to vote "yes" to the draft constitution in the polling stations in Salah Salem School in Aiyat.

In Ismailia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented influencing voters to vote "yes" to the draft constitution in the polling stations of Ahmed Taha School in Fayed.

Group Transport:

In Ismailia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented existence of the car no. 92737 transporting voters to vote "yes" to the draft constitution in the polling stations in Abu Bakr School in Serabum in Fayed. They observed also the cards no. 19289 and 93673 transporting voters to Ezzat Abdel Wahab School, for the same reason.

In Minia, voters were transported to polling stations no. 50 and 51 in Monshat Al Fikria School in Abu Karkas "yes" to the draft constitution using cars no. 70265, 70890 and 3167. Voters were transported, for the same reason, to Taha Hussein School in bani Mazar, using the microbus no. 30806.

Banning NGOs observers:

In Giza, the observers of the civil society organizations were banned from entering the polling stations in Gaber Gad Secondary School in Naser Area, despite of having the required observation authorizations.

Thuggish acts:

In Giza, the observers of the Egyptian coalition in Ahmed Zwel School in Omrania documented clashes between voters and the polling stations' officials.

In Kalyoubia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition in front of Ammar Ibn Yasser polling station in Al Kalg documented clashes between voters who are for or against the draft constitution.

Electoral problems:

In Ismailia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition witnessed existence of the name of the late Ahmed Ali Swilam in the voter lists, no. 1701, polling station no. 9, Abbasi School, District 1.

In Kena, the name of the voter Ashraf Mohamed fadi, did not exist in the voter lists, although he voted in the presidential elections in Salam Primary Schoolin Atiat, Esna, serial no. 23. The same scenario took place with the voter Ibrahim Ramadan Mohammed.

Electoral bribery:

In Giza, the observers of the Egyptian coalition in front of Mosher School in Zaghloul St., in Haram witnesses the truck no. 8524 with the logo of Al Nas satellite Channel Logo distributing nutritive materials and blankets among voters to urge then vote "yes" for the draft constitution.

Ballot forgery:

In Menoufia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented that the chief of the polling stations 34, 35 and 36 left the ballots to some people to be checked "yes". The supervising judge voted "yes" for those who cannot read and write in the polling station no. 27, Al Moasasa Primary School in Berket Al Saba.

In Kalyoubia, polling station no. 22, Meet Al Seba Primary School, the voters filed the police report no. 7551 against the polling station chief that checked the ballots "yes" for the draft constitution.

The observers of the Egyptian coalition documented existence of the "revolving door" in the polling station no. 33 in Minia Secondary School for girls. The voters documented the incident in the police report no. 12574, year 2012. Another one was documented in the polling station no. 50 in Monshat Al Fikria Preparatory School in Abu Karkas.

It is worthy to mention that 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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