FJP Hilights Preliminary Indicators for Election Results and Vote Counting Violations
|Wednesday, November 30,2011 14:16|
Vote counting started on Tuesday evening for the first phase in Egypt’s parliamentary elections 2011. Right from the beginning, and until now, preliminary results show that the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) is the biggest winner so far, followed by Al-Nour party and then the Egyptian Bloc. Preliminary results also indicate popular exclusion of the remnants of the defunct National Party, both those who fought these elections on the ballots of political parties established after the revolution, or those who joined already established parties. This clearly confirms that the Egyptian people exercised their right to politically isolate elements of the former regime.
Fayoum Governorate occupies first place in the proportion of voting for the FJP, followed by the Red Sea Governorate, then Cairo and Assiut. Meanwhile, there is much competition between the FJP and Al-Nour party in Alexandria and Kafr El-Sheikh governorates.
As for ‘individual’ seats, estimates are that a number of FJP candidates are winning the race in nine governorates. In the Helwan constituency, (Omar Ramadan) is leading the race, while in Hadayek Al-Qubba (Amr Zaki) is ahead, (Issam Mukhtar) in Nasr City, (Dr. Akram Al-Sha’er) in Port Said, (Mustafa Muhammad) in Montaza, (Mohammadi Syed Ahmad) in Al-Raml, and (Samir Khashaba) in Assiut.
Transfer of ballot boxes witnessed several violations, some of which were contained and resolved immediately, while others are still to be addressed. Violations and offenses included:
** Vote counting was stopped in Cairo’s first constituency, after confusion led the polling station director to stop the count and threaten to stop the election in the constituency.
** In Cairo’s fourth constituency, specifically in the ballot sorting centre at Tora Cement Club, our representatives observed some irregularities in the counting process and the places allocated for it. The General Committee was informed of this, especially as members of staff took charge of the sorting process in the absence of a number of judges.
** Administrative officials in a number of governorates threatened not to deliver the ballot boxes until after they got their financial rights, hampering the sorting process in a large number of polling stations.
** Failure of the Ministry of Interior to equip premises for ballot sorting led to bedlamic chaos, in which heads of the judicial committees threated to cancel the elections in affected polling stations. This made the armed forces in place there to threaten use force to stop this chaos