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Wafd Party's internal elections not valid: Committee

Number of votes cast last month in Wafd Party elections was 104 more than the number of people present, says committee

Ahram Online, Wednesday 14 May 2014
 Al-Sayed al-Badawi
Egypt's Liberal Wafd party chairman Al-Sayed al-Badawi (Photo: Reuters)
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The committee supervising the internal elections of the Wafd Party – Egypt's oldest liberal party – said that last month's vote which saw El-Sayed El-Badawi claim another term as president was invalid, Al-Ahram's daily Arabic newspaper reported.

The party-commissioned committee said the number of votes exceeded the number of members present that day by 104. El-Badawi was running against Fouad El-Badrawi, the former secretary general of the party.

El-Badrawi told Al-Ahram that the committee's announcement makes the elections "void" and that accordingly the party's general assembly should meet again and open registration for new elections. He said that if El-Badawi doesn't respond to his demands, he will file a formal case within the party.

El-Badawi refused to comment.

El-Sayed El-Badawi Shehata (known as El-Sayed El-Badawi) is the current head of the Wafd Party, elected to the party's leadership in 2010. He has been on the party's Higher Committee since 1989.

The Wafd Party has announced its support for former military chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's campaign for Egypt's presidential elections, slated for 26-27 May.

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