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Rigging Referendum On Constitutional Amendments In Egypt Starts
The ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) issued instructions to all NDP leaders and members nationwide to form groups of young men called (100 group), to fight any one, group or movement boycotting the constitutional amendments and to remove any sign or placard that the opposition may hang in constituencies after the party was tipped that signs have been prepared under the slogan (boycott the
Sunday, March 25,2007 00:00
by Ikhwanweb

The ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) issued instructions to all NDP leaders and members nationwide to form groups of young men called (100 group), to fight any one, group or movement boycotting the constitutional amendments and to remove any sign or placard that the opposition may hang in constituencies after the party was tipped that signs have been prepared under the slogan (boycott the referendum for the sake of Egypt).
 
The NDP demanded Dr. Safiuddin Khrboush, the chief of the national council for youth, and Hassan Saqr the chief of the national council for sports, to hold urgent meetings with board directors of youth center and clubs nationwide to take part in mobilizing citizens to go to the referendum committees, and it approved an additional budget for youth centers and cities to fund the referendum committees, and citizens who will participate in them, through distributing souvenirs, meals, boxes of sweets marking the Prophet’s Birthday (citizens of every constituency will be given as much as 10 thousand boxes as bribes); all governors were also ordered to make all local government employees nationwide to go to the polling centers!!
 
The sources said: all governors were warned that every governor will be held accountable for the results of the turnout, hinting at a near cabinet reshuffle and a change of governors after the referendum.
 
University administrations started giving bribes students: Helwan University decided to cancel the dormitory costs on male and female students living in it for a full month and giving free meals for a week and giving them a free trip to a beach in return for their participation in the referendum and approving the constitutional amendments.
 
The same measure was taken with workers of the military factories: Sayed Mashaal - the Minister of War Production- ordered giving half a day, a free meal and 25 pounds for every worker who goes to the referendum to cast his vote, preconditioning that workers go and return in the ministry cars, and to be accompanied by a delegate to be sure that they participated in the referendum.
 
In a similar step, local administrations sent official messages forcing workers in the Municipalities to go to vote yes in the referendum, and that their attendance and departure shan’t be except after they vote “yes”.
 
Ikhwanweb received a copy of an official letter sent from the Damietta Governorate secretary to the chief of the local council in the village of Meet Abou Al Khouli, in which he orders all workers to go to the referendum committees and cast their votes by “yes” to the constitutional amendments on Monday March 26, 2007, and to hand over the books of attendance and departure to the local council in the morning of the day of the referendum to make sure that there is a high turnout in the village to pass the amendments.
 
The following is the text of the message that Ikhwanweb received; it is sent by the mayor of Meet Abou Al Khouli Abdullah, the governorate of Damietta, to the chief of the local council in the village:
 
Mr. / .......................
 
We hope that you order all your workers and employees to go to the referendum committees and cast their votes by “yes” to the constitutional amendments on Monday March 26, 2007, and to hand over the books of attendance and departure to the local council in the morning of the day of the referendum to make sure that there is a high turnout in the village to pass the amendments.
 
Mayor of the village
 
 
For his part, Hamdi Hassan, the press spokesman for Muslim Brotherhood parliamentary bloc, told Ikhwanweb that the referendum that will be held on Monday morning lost its political legitimacy; this is because there is no consensus among the political powers on these amendments; he pointed out that this referendum is considered a constitutional coup but he confirmed that the Egyptian people will not concede its freedom in return for a box of sweets although the result fixed before the referendum is held; these amendments and the referendum for which the National Democratic Party recruited all state bodies are illegitimate.
 
Hassan accused the National Democratic Party of corrupting the political life in Egypt and ruined the economic life; he added that the National Party method in running the political system is based on private interests and bribes; the NDP leaders reached the top of the party hierarchy through bribes, not through any political or ideological relation: thus it aims ate spreading the culture of bribery; this is what happened with the independent MPs when they joined the National Democratic Party; they were given bribes up to 100 thousand pounds and the 50 thousand pounds to approve extending the emergency law!!
 
Hassan confirmed that the most serious obstacle facing the democratic development is actually the National Democratic Party that must be excluded from the political life; he confirmed that the Egyptians are generally honorable and are aware of the tricks and schemes of the National Democratic Party they won’t accept these bribes and forms of political corruption; he added that people know very well that the constitutional amendments will lead to forge the voters will, the political life, restrict freedoms and will fully paralyze the public life.
 
The political powers opposing these amendments will not stop and they will expose the real ill intentions of the National Party so that these amendments are rejected like what happened with 1930 constitution and 1923 constitution returned several years later through a popular will, Hassan added.

 


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