Egypt opposition party for cancellation of election results
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