22 December 2012

Egypt: Rights Group Observes Violations in Referendum

The Egyptian Union for Human Rights Organization "EUHRO" has formed an operation room for monitoring violations in the second round of the referendum on the constitution.

Some of the violations they observed were the following:

  • There are names of deceased persons in the electoral rolls.
  • Delay in opening several polling stations.
  • In Kafr El-Sheikh civil-society monitors were expelled from polling stations.
  • Several polling stations in Minya were moved due to tribal clashes which confused the voters and delayed the voting process.
  • In front of a polling station in Ismaila the Muslim Brotherhood hung banners urging for a "yes" vote.
  • The Supreme Committee for Election did not facilitate the voting procedures to avoid overcrowding of voters as promised.
  • In a polling station in Minya unmarked ballots with an index pointing to "yes" are handed to voters by members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Polls opened on Saturday in the second round of the constitutional referendum while the first round took place on December 15.

The referendum comes at a time where tension is high in Egyptian streets over the draft constitution that was written by an Islamist-dominated assembly.

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