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Sabahi's campaign files appeal against election results

The Nasserist candidate has accused the electoral procedure of lacking credibility and called the results 'insulting to Egyptians' intelligence'

Ahram Online, Friday 30 May 2014
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Supporters of Nasserist candidate Hamdeen Sabahi (Photo: Reuters)
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The official campaign of Nasserist politician Hamdeen Sabahi filed an appeal against the presidential election's preliminary results, the campaign's spokesman Hossam Moenes announced on Friday.

Sabahi, who suffered a drastic loss in this week's poll, gaining only 3.5 percent of the vote, admitted he lost the race in a press conference on Thursday.

His contender, El-Sisi, won a landslide victory of over 96 percent of valid votes, with over 23 million voters casting their ballots for him.

Invalid votes – or spoilt ballots – exceeded 1 million, higher than the votes for Sabahi. Turnout was around 47 percent, according to Baseera.

The long-time leftist activist, however, accused the electoral procedure of lacking credibility, citing violations that he says his campaign faced during the election – including his campaign representatives being restricted, attacked and detained, as well as suspicions of forgery and El-Sisi's representatives being allowed to campaign inside polling stations.

He also questioned the "credibility or ratification" of the announced turnout or results, which he described as "an insult to Egyptian intelligence of the Egyptians."

Sabahi further rejected a decision by the Presidential Elections Commission (PEC) to extend voting by a third day. Both his and El-Sisi's campaign filed a formal complaint against the decision, which were later rejected.

The deadline for receiving appeals on the vote results is Friday. The PEC will issue a final verdict on the appeals on Saturday afternoon.

Official results are expected to be announced on Tuesday or Wednesday.

 

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Sarah
31-05-2014 06:42am
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Sooner or later the millions of poor Egyptians who hope that Sisi will bring a stability that will improve their lives will realize that a corrupt regime cannot elevate them from poverty. And a system in which the military possesses vast economic assets with a budget immune from public accountability will not fight corruption or touch the military's privileges. An atmosphere in which the state that waives tenders for its contracts and directly awards projects to the military -- then the military in turn subcontracts via direct allocation of projects rather than tendering -- is not an atmosphere where corruption could be eliminated.
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Allen
30-05-2014 10:13pm
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Accept your loss with grace.
Accept the fact that as a Nasserist, not even Nassers family endorsed you. They endorsed Gen. Sisi. Don't allow your ego get ahead of what is good for the country and move on. Egypt needs a powerful leader to clean out remnants of the Muslim brotherhood terrorists. That is priority number one, unfortunately your wounded pride comes second.
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