Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (Cairo)

22 December 2012

Egypt: Electoral Bribery Emerges in Midday

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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 influencing voters to vote "yes" for the draft constitution.

The observers of the Egyptian Coalition of Electoral Observation until 3 pm witnessed electoral violations including:

 Influencing voters:

In Giza, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation witnessed Islamists urging voters to vote "yes" in Mohamed Al Fiky School in Abu Al Nomros. The same situation was documented in Badia Secondary School in Imbaba.

In Luxor, the observers of the Egyptian coalition witnessed individuals influencing voters to vote "yes" to the draft constitution in Salah Al Din, Horria and Commercial Schools.

In Kalyoubia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition witnessed some people existing in a house in the opposite of Kafr Al Der Primary School individuals influencing voters to vote "yes" to the draft constitution.

In Ismailia, the observers found some Muslim Brotherhood supporters influencing voters to vote "yes" to the draft constitution in the polling station no. 13 in Sarabum Preparatory School in Fayed.

In kafr Al Sheikh, polling station no. 7, Hamol Preparatory School, the observers of the Egyptian coalition witnessed individuals influencing voters to vote "yes" to the draft constitution.

In Behaira, the observers of the Egyptian coalition witnessed individuals influencing voters to vote "yes" to the draft constitution in the polling stations no. 80 and 81 in the Commercial School in Nekla al Enab in Etai El Barood.

In Ismailia, the observers of the Egyptian coalition witnessed veiled women influencing voters to vote "yes" to the draft constitution in front of the polling stations in Al salam Primary School.

Electoral Problems:

In Kalyoubia, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation witnessed absence of phosphoric ink in the polling station no. 9 in Abu Bakr School in Shobra Al Khiema. In the polling station no. 10 at the Secondary School of Kafr Shokr, voters used to vote without showing their IDs to the officials in the polling station.

In Giza, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation witnessed absence of good phosphoric ink in the polling stations in Abu Bakr Al Siddeq and Sheikh Zayed Shools for boys and girls.

In Minia, the voters filed a police report in which they stated that the polling box of the polling station no. 74 in Khaled Ibn Al Waleed School in Samalot was not completely locked. The observers documented that voters did not sign in the voter lists in the polling station no. 64 in Shaiba Preparatory School in Malawi.

Banning observers of NGOs:

In Kalyoubia, the observers of civil society organizations were dismissed from the polling station no. 9 in Abu Bakr School in Shobra Al Khiema.

In Minia, the observers of civil society organizations were banned from Taha Hussein and Al Amal Schools, despite having observation authorizations.

In Giza, the observers of civil society organizations were banned from entering polling stations in Saff Preparatory School for girls.

Group voting:

In Giza, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation witnessed microbuses transporting voters to vote "yes" for the draft constitution in the 6th of October City.

In Minia, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation witnessed the bus no. 20017 transporting voters to the Al Azhar Islamic Institute in Malawi to vote "yes" to the draft constitution.

Early Closing:

In Kalyoubia, the observers of the Egyptian Coalition for Electoral Observation documented clashes between the supervising judge and a voter following influencing voters by the chief of the polling station no. 22 in Meet Al Seba School in Banha; the judge had to close the polling station following the clash.

In Giza, the security forces closed the polling stations in Ahmed Orabi Primary School in Badrishen following clashes of police and voters; the voters tried to forcibly enter the school to vote. The polling station no. 14 in Saff Village, Aiyat, was closed for some time and the polling station no. 20 in Imbaba Secondary School.

Unstamped ballots:

In Kena, the observers of the Egyptian coalition documented existence of unstamped ballots in the polling station no. 10 in Shahid Abdel Moniem Riad Secondary School.

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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