- October 18, 2007
Security Harassments in First Stages of Egyptian Student Union Elections
The student union election process kicked off in Cairo University . Candidacy for the union elections opened for one day according to a notice read by students on Thursday morning in some faculties while no notice was published in other faculties.
When the students went to take and submit candidacy papers, the student affairs offices refused to receive the candidacy papers under pretext there are previous investigations against some of the students in a clear proof that the security bodies intervene in the process.
They also refused to seal candidacy papers for other students to remove any legitimacy through which they may submit any complaint or appeal .
Students held several sit-ins in protest at these security harassments and tightening against them in: Faculty of Commerce, Faculty of Dar Al-Uloum, Faculty of engineering, Faculty of Law.
It is worth mentioning that this year witnesses a unity of efforts of students across the political spectrum (Muslim Brotherhood students, socialist students, the Democratic Front party students).
They have established a student committee for monitoring the student elections which is tasked with following up the election process starting from paying fees, the initial and final lists until the vote day and declaring the final results. Only university students join it through planning or participation.
At Mansoura University , 200 students submitted papers on Thursday to run for the university student union elections.
The Faculty of Medicine:
The nomination processes took place quietly to some extent and it was marred by verbal disputes.
Security vetted students in the faculty harassed other students and took their places in queues allocated to those submitting their nomination papers. They wanted to provoke the students and tire them for long hours while submitting their papers.
The Faculty of Pharmacy:
Papers of 13 students were rejected under pretext that they are dismissed stating from today although the faculty board sent no notice to the disciplinary board.
The students went to the faculty dean and after they negotiated with him, he allowed them to submit their papers.
The veterinary medicine faculty:
In the veterinary medicine faculty, a number of bullies from the Technical Secondary School were inside the faculty. They were accompanying last year”s student union chief. They harassed students who were submitting their election papers.