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Egypt’s National Salvation Front to vote against constitution
Coalition of opposition forces call on Egypt to vote 'no' in upcoming constitutional referendum provided judiciary supervise polling stations, polls take place on one day and NGO observers allowed to monitor process
Dina Samak, Wednesday 12 Dec 2012
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Egypt’s National Salvation
ElBaradei was flanked by former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi and Amr Moussa

The National Salvation Front, a coalition of liberal, leftist and nationalist forces, called on all Egyptians Wednesday to vote ‘no’ in Saturday’s referendum on Egypt's draft constitution, provided certain preconditions are fulfilled. 

The NSF, which is headed up by opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei as well as former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi and Amr Moussa, held a meeting Wednesday morning to agree on whether they would boycott the polls or vote against the draft national charter.

The constitution, the coalition say, neglects social and economic needs, does not reflect the aspirations of the Egyptian people and will enforce a "presidential dictatorship."

“We hoped that the Egyptian president would cancel the referendum or at least postpone it but it seems that this is not an option now that voting has already started abroad, so we have decided to call on all Egyptians to vote against the constitution,” said Hussein Abdel-Ghani, spokesman of the NSF.

However, NSF  laid down certain conditions for their participation in the polls.

They will only vote if the referendum takes place on one day, if it has full judicial supervision, if there is security inside and outside the polling stations, if international and national civil society monitors are permitted to observe the voting process, if the vote-count starts immediately after the polling stations close and if the results are announced as soon as the stations close.

The general assembly of Egypt's Judges Club announced on Tuesday that “90 per cent of its members will not participate in supervising the referendum," however the Administrative State Council Judges Club and the State Lawsuit Authority said that they would.

It is not clear how the voting process will be run as only 7,000 judges are expected to supervise the polling stations and there are more than 13,000 ballot boxes.

According to the 30 March Constitutional Declaration, passed last year by the then ruling military council, the referendum should be directly supervised by the judiciary.

Many political parties and revolutionary groups opposing the referendum have already started campaigning for a ‘no’ vote, including 6 April Youth Movement and former presidential candidate Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh's party Strong Egypt.
 





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13-12-2012 12:37pm
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They figured
Their violence didn't work, so why didn't you just organize a No vote all along? The sore losers will be even more weakened when they lose the vote.
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Joe
13-12-2012 10:48am
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what a waste
What a waste of life, blood, economy, infrastructure, childrens school time,so many things falling apart after the mindless selfish thoughtless El Baradei and his gang of thugs who hoped to terrorize Egyptians into voting the way they wanted them to. It shows how little they actually know about politics and the Egyptian people. Their maids and drivers know more about Egypt and it's people than they do. In fact I would like to ask El Baradei and company has he ever visited the villages where his maids and drivers and car washers live? does he even know the names of the villages his own servants live in? This Salvation Front is so disconnected from the reality, the real people and if it had any clue at all it would never have spent all this time protesting, it would have sent it's volunteers into the villages to meet the voters. In fact I guarantee that most of the Salvation Front and it's thug protesters think Upper Egypt and Nubia and anything below Cairo is another country. They are s
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mumby
13-12-2012 10:19am
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political awereness
Egyptian should aware that Constitution is vital to run the country next.Even opposition no word on referendum but many work will go on.the important thing Egypt will work to tackle economy turmoil,make Egypt stronger.Now days many Egyptian much stress on politic but forget about economy.While with economy straighten you could dominate other nations which you could not do with politic.
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M.Thomas
13-12-2012 10:11am
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That's a democratic way
.. and not that silly withdrawing from the Constitutional Assembly. May the egypt people vote - we'll see whats coming out. What will the opposition do if the people accepts the Draft? All of the western, democratic states needed many, many years to install democratic structures and till now not the most of the people are satisfied with that. Egypt has had just one year to realise what has been missed for more than three decades. Inshallah the people will follow the youngest fatwa from Al-Azhar and join the referendum - may they vote "No!", that's ok. But they MUST vote! Afterwards egypt politics and politicians will have the opportunity to amend the stipulations of the present draft which are in question and the people will get a new draft they can commit to.
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Bubbly
13-12-2012 07:00am
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NOT too late
Finally opposition made a sensable decision to let the people decide and excercise their free will.This is a positive decision and nation hope that all the groups will accept the people's decision wethter "Yes" or "No" rather than starting again the agitation against the results.Though takeing part in a democratic process is appreciate but opposition owes to Egyptian nation an answer What did the achiev from agitation & voilence and the blood that spilled,regarless they were islamist or securlars but indeed they were the sons of this soil.
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Sam
13-12-2012 03:26am
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Ultimate Stupidity
NSF collaborated with the fellol/Mubarak remnants wish to authoritatively rule the Egyptian again. And later they will run a police state supported by the military, and go against the Egyptian again. Do you want to let this happen again? Enough! We are going to vote for YES and progress. Do you think the fellol partner of AlBaradei will heed/listen to him. Those fellols are mafia. They will bully AlBaradei and Sabahi...and finally hit us the Egyptian.
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Jon
13-12-2012 02:27am
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Legitimate
Although the Mubarak-appointed supreme court sent the parliament home on a technicality, and thereby started this whole mess, everybody seems to agree that the parliamentary election was free and fair. After that election, that gave the two Islamist groups a combined share of 70% of the vote, there has never been much doubt that Egypt will get a sharia-inspired constitution. The liberals might not like it, and they have many very good points, but the new constitution will almost certainly be approved. A liberal constitution would probably not. The constitution, however, could be changed in the future. The president can be changed. The parliament can be changed. That is what has changed in Egypt, and the reason while the salvation front should support the referendum, thus giving the Egyptian democracy legitimacy, even if they are against much of the new law.
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ali hazma
12-12-2012 11:14pm
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very naive
Why now after so much hoo...ha..very bad tactical error of fighting the pres in the first place. Their popularity has sank because of all the mess they created in the 2 weeks. Why be fooled into such error by these felools? Like morsi or not, he handled the crises very well for not letting his supporters go into violence-very smart because he let the opposition lose in their own game. The damage to the populatity of the opposition is irriversible.
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Karim
12-12-2012 10:42pm
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First things first
Egypt will go to a lot of troubles in the next Years. The world economy is down. I´m german and the middle-class is getting thinner and thinner. Less and less people can afford to go egypt. Understand. I´m a Muslim. But i don`t believe neither in secular Miracles nor in sharia Miracles. If you are the first arab state that implements gay rights or on the other hand cut Hands of Thieves is absolutely irrelevant. I know that Adulthood is a bitch. But you don`t have even have accurate numbers of the illiterate nor of the sick for example. No basics whatsoever.
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expat
13-12-2012 09:30am
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you are a passport holder of the BRD,you are NOT a German Natural Citiizen, dont mix that two things up ...and times are changing
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Karim
12-12-2012 10:29pm
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I am not an MB Member but
Ask yourself why they are more popular. They have worked decades in the Streets and you thought that you will win the election by scare tactics? And please tell me why the Ego-Shooters El Baradai and Abdul Futuh did not join the Wafd party. The constitution Party. What a Name is that. What is the goal of his Party. Writing the Constitution and then what? The Wafd Party was the first democratic Party in the arab World for God`s sake?. You split into hundreds of irrelevant Parties and expect to win in an illiterate society. Are you crazy? The people voted for politicians they know. And yes Constitutions can change. Slavery was part of the american constitution for example.
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