Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

Egypt: Observers Without Borders - Violations On Both Sides

Observers Without Borders - a human rights group monitoring the referendum - reported on Saturday violations that affect the integrity of the voting process.

The group listed a number of irregularities committed by the electoral commission and violations practiced by all political currents to influence the voters' choice.

The most prevailing violations observed were:

  • Delay in opening the polling stations, in some cases the delay was up to 3 hours.
  • Employees of the polling stations were arrived late in Qena and Fayoum.
  • The number of employees was insufficient which led to the complaints of judges.
  • Overcrowding and lack of order in front of polling stations.
  • Deliberate stalling of voters.
  • Religious slogans are used to urge voters into voting yes. . Political Islam Parties mobilize voters for a "yes" vote.
  • The main road to polling stations was cut off in Qena.
  • Absence of phosphoric ink and if available it is easily removed.
  • Media representatives were not allowed near polling stations in Fayoum.
  • The Supreme Committee for Elections instructed judges not to show their identification if the voters requested so.
  • Liberal parties use short Messaging Service (SMS) to urge voters to say "no".
  • Left-wingers, liberals and Islamists propagate around the polling stations to vote in accordance with their position on the constitution.
  • Presence of the "revolving ballot" which contributes to vote-rigging.

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