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Sun Dec 16, 2012, 02:44 PM

 

Egypt Narrowly Votes For New Constitution Amid Widespread Claims Of Ballot Box Fraud

-Muslim Brotherhood claims to be in lead with 56 per cent of 'yes' votes

-Rights groups call for repeat of votes as counting 'took place in darkness'

-120,000 army troops deployed to help the police protect polling stations


Egyptians voted narrowly in favour of a controversial new constitution yesterday amid accusations of widespread ballot box violations.

Rights groups today called for a repeat of the first round of the two-part referendum as Islamists, who back the disputed charter, claimed they were in the lead with a 56 per cent majority of ‘yes’ votes.

Representatives of the seven groups charged that there was insufficient supervision by judges in Saturday's vote in 10 of Egypt's 27 provinces and independent monitors were prevented from witnessing vote counts.

The representatives told a news conference that they had reports of individuals falsely identifying themselves as judges, of women prevented from voting and that members of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood were allowed inside polling stations.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249048/Egypt-narrowly-votes-new-constitution-favoured-President-Mohammed-Morsi-amid-widespread-claims-ballot-box-fraud.html

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 03:11 PM

1. Out of the frying pan,

into the fire.

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Sun Dec 16, 2012, 03:54 PM

2. They should have done that anti-fraud stuff Putin did that shut up the "rights" orgs.

They were prepared for the boiler plate "widespread allegations," (from whom, it's usually unsaid) "concerns" about irregularities. But decisive action to make the vote transparent were very helpful. I have little doubt most Egyptian voters would approve this constitution, but the opposition will take all means to defeat it, regardless of the vote.

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