Egypt op­po­si­tion party for can­cel­la­tion of elec­tion re­sults

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

CAIRO: Egypt's lib­eral op­po­si­tion par­ties called on Tues­day for the can­cel­la­tion of par­lia­men­tary elec­tions af­ter al­leged vote rig­ging ap­pears to have se­cured an over­whelm­ing vic­tory for the rul­ing party.

The lib­eral Wafd party said that the govern­ment had vi­o­lated a "pres­i­den­tial prom­ise" to have free and fair elec­tions and that in the ab­sence of cred­i­ble su­per­vi­sion of the elec­tions, fraud was ram­pant.

The party state­ment, car­ried in its news­pa­per, ac­cused the rul­ing Na­tional Demo­cratic party of "rap­ing" its le­git­i­macy by depend­ing on thugs and "un­demo­cratic" prac­tices, such as bal­lot stuff­ing, to win.

The elec­tion "wit­nessed the mas­sacre of democ­racy and free­dom in Egypt," the state­ment said. "The rul­ing party's un­demo­cratic prac­tices ... raped its le­git­i­macy with its as­sault on the law and the con­sti­tu­tion." Ay­man Nour, head of the lib­eral Ghad party, con­demned elec­tions as "a scan­dal," and called on the Egyp­tian peo­ple to re­ject its re­sults. Nour was among few op­po­si­tion voices that ad­hered to an elec­tions boy­cott, an­tic­i­pat­ing fraud, though a rebel fac­tion of the party did run can­di­dates. Of­fi­cial re­sults are to be an­nounced Tues­day, but so far the NDP has won 170 of the 508 seats out­right while only a hand­ful went to the op­po­si­tion. The re­main­ing seats are will be de­cided in a runoff Sun­day. On Mon­day, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion said it was dis­ap­pointed by wide­spread re­ports of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties which cast doubt on the cred­i­bil­ity of the polls in this strong U.S. ally. "We are also dis­mayed by re­ports of elec­tion-day in­ter­fer­ence and in­tim­i­da­tion by se­cu­rity forces. These ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties call into ques­tion the fair­ness and trans­parency of the process," spokesman P.J. Crow­ley said in a state­ment. -Ap

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