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Polling stations close in several Egyptian governorates before 11pm deadline

Ahram Online, Saturday 15 Dec 2012
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Secretary-General of Egypt’s Supreme Electoral Commission Zaghloul El-Balshy says he has “no information” about preliminary polling results.

"Nobody informed us of any results. If there were any electoral violations, the commission will convene and take the appropriate steps," El-Balshy said in a phone interview with the CBC television channel.

Meanwhile, Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website reported that the polling station in the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab School in the Nile Delta’s Sharqiya governorate had announced - before 9:50pm - that some 70 per cent of votes cast had endorsed the draft constitution.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, for its part, has already announced some of the results before polling stations have officially closed.

Preliminary results have been announced in several governorates - including Sharqiya and the Upper Egyptian governorates of Assiut and Aswan - before polling stations had officially closed at 11:00pm local time.

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