Rights groups list violations in constitution referendum

Sunday 16-12-2012 04:34 PM
Rights groups list violations in constitution referendum

Egyptians voted in the referendum on the new constitution on Saturday, December 15, 2012. Ahmed Hamed/Aswat Masriya


A number of Egyptian rights groups have asked for the first round of the referendum on Egypt’s new constitution to be repeated due to violations that marred it.

In a press conference on Sunday, the groups listed these violations:

. Lack of judicial supervision
. Disallowing civil society members from watching over the counting of ballots
. Allowing members of the Freedom and Justice Party to enter polling stations with official passes
. Unstamped/unverified ballots
. Religious slogans/demonizing those who do not approve of the draft constitution
. Deliberately delaying the vote at some polling stations of women, to deprive them from participation
. Putting under siege the headquarters of two parties that are members of the main opposition coalition (calling for a “no” vote)
. Lack of phosphoric ink – used to prevent voters from casting more than one ballot
. Closing of some polling stations before the due time
. Collective vote at some polling stations                                                     

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