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Brotherhood warn last year's election 'forgers'

Freedom and Justice Party figures warn deputy interior minister not to resort to old tactics of forgery and vote-rigging in the upcoming parliamentary elections

Ahram Online, Sunday 6 Nov 2011
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Hussein Ibrahim, secretary of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, has attacked Major-General Refaat Kamsan, Egypt's deputy interior minister and the man responsible for securing the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Ibrahim accused Kamsan of being responsible for the flagrant fraud and vote-rigging seen in last year's parliamentary elections, and added that he is likely to do the same this time round as well.                                      

“It’s like he wants to say ‘I cannot live without forgery’,” Ibrahim sarcastically said. “There is no room for forgers after the revolution; the people would neither allow Kamsan nor anyone else to play with the will of the people.”

Kamsan was a police general under former interior minister Habib El-Adly, who has been sentenced to jail after being found guilty of corruption and is also accused of involvement in the killing of peaceful protesters in the January 25 Revolution.
 
Despite being widely perceived as having played a major role in orchestrating mass fraud in last year’s parliamentary elections, Kamsan has as yet not been held to account since the Mubarak regime was ousted on 11 February. Instead, he was appointed deputy interior minister and is now responsible for securing the imminent elections.
 
Sobhi Saleh, another Brotherhood leader and a Freedom and Justice Party parliamentary candidate, echoed the same sentiments by saying: “Anyone who will try to play with the will of the Egyptian people will end up like those lying in prison [the former regime figures].”
 
It is widely expected that figures of the now-defunct National Democratic Party (NDP) will use intimidation tactics and forgery at the polls in a bid to engineer a return to Parliament.
 
The elections are scheduled to get under way on 28 November.
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