Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (Cairo)

Egypt: Vote 'Yes' for Victory of Islam

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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 violations that are not different from those documented during the first phase such as late opening of polling stations, clashes and campaigning to vote "yes" for the draft constitution.

The observers of the Egyptian Coalition of Electoral Observation until 1 pm witnessed electoral violations including:

Late opening of polling stations:

In Fayoum, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented that the polling station no. 49 in Othman Ibn Affan School in Sinnores, has not opened until 11.15 am.

In Kafr Al Sheikh, the polling stations in Monshat Al Agha School in Agozen Village in Desouk, has not opened until 10.15 am.

Campaigning:

In Fayoum, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation witnessed supporters of Freedom and Justice Political party distributing publications urging voters to vote "yes" in Al Radi Primary School in Sinnoris.

In Kafr Al Sheikh, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation witnessed supporters of Freedom and Justice Political party using amplifiers urging voters to vote "yes" in front of Lewa Fatah Allah Sallam School in Desouk.

In Suez, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition witnessed publications urging voters to vote "yes" in Mohamed Abdo School in Sadat District.

In Damietta, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation witnessed publications urging voters to vote "yes" over the fence of Al Nasr Preparatory School, "the Salafi Islamists invite you to vote yes" and "Vote yes to support Sharia and stability".

In Giza, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation witnessed publications urging voters to vote "yes" in the Preparatory School in Badrishin.

Electoral Problems:

In Kafr Al Sheikh, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation witnessed absence of phosphoric ink in Lewa Fateh Allah Sallam School in Desouk.

Banning observers of NGOs:

In the Red Sea, the observers of civil society organizations were banned from entering polling stations of the Intellectual Education School in Hurghada.

In Kalyoubia, the observers of civil society organizations were banned from entering polling stations no. 33 and 34 in Sanafir Primary School and the same situation was found in Molhakat Al Moalmin Primary School.

In Damietta, the observers of civil society organizations were banned from entering polling stations in the 10th of Ramadan School in Basarita.

In Bani Suef, the observers of civil society organizations were banned from entering polling stations in Naser Secondary School for girls in Naser Area.

Thuggish acts:

In Giza, the observers of the Egyptian coalition witnessed clashes among rushing voters in front of polling stations in Amr Ibn Al Ass School in Giza. The security forces ended the clashes. In front of Mohamed Karim School in Moneb, the voters clashed with the supervising judge because of late opening of the polling stations no. 44 and 45. In the Intellectual Education School in Haram, voters clashed when a veiled woman was urging voters to vote "yes" to the draft constitution. One of the members of April 6 Movement clashed with Islamists, who urged voters to vote "yes" to the draft constitution.

Influencing voters:

In Kalyoubia, Muslim Brotherhood's supporters in Kafr Al Der preparatory School were witnessed influencing voters to vote "yes" to the draft constitution.

In Fayoum, the observers of the Egyptian coalition witnessed individuals influencing people voters in Bani Etman School in Sinnoris.

In Giza, the observers of the Egyptian coalition witnessed Muslim Brotherhood supporters influencing voter to vote "yes" for the draft constitution in Badrishin Preparatory School.

In Menoufia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition witnessed supervisors in Shahid Fikry Preparatory School influencing voter to vote "yes" for the draft constitution.

In Behaira, the observers documented individuals influencing voter to vote "yes" for the draft constitution in the polling station no. 2 in Abu Al Matamer Secondary School.

In Kafr Al Sheikh, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation witnessed supporters of Freedom and Justice Political party, with authorizations issued by the national Council for Human Rights, influencing voters to vote "yes" in front of the polling stations in Lewa Fatah Allah Sallam School in Desouk.

In Damietta, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation witnessed individuals urging voters to vote "yes" in front of Imam Nasef Secondary School in Al zarka.

Group voting:

In Fayoum, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation witnessed group transport of voters with cars no. 41176, 4110 and 499 to the polling stations in Al Radi, Al Saha and Bani Etman Schools in Sinnoris.

Absence of juridical supervision:

The observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation documented absence of the juridical supervision in the polling station no. 2 in Abu Al Hol Primary School. The voters found out that the polling station supervisor is a legal researcher at the Administrative prosecution Office, not a judge.

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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