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Results: Unofficial count sees Egypt constitution pass with 64pct
Unofficial final results from both phases of Egypt's constitution referendum show a 63.9 per cent approval for the contentious draft charter
Ahram Online, Sunday 23 Dec 2012
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Officials count ballots after polls closed in Bani Sweif, about 115 km (71 miles) south of Cairo December 22, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

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04:26 After tabulating the results from more than 98 per cent of polling stations across Egypt's 17 governorates, the latest results of the second phase of Egypt’s constitutional referendum, according to Ahram Online's calculations, indicate a a resounding win for the “yes” camp:

Total votes cast:           8,096,650
"Yes" vote:                   5,783,273 (71.43 per cent)
"No" vote:                    2,313,377 (28.57 per cent)
Turnout:                       32 per cent

Adding unofficial results from the first phase of the vote, the draft constitution passes with 63.96 per cent approval in a referendum which witnessed participation by 31.62 per cent of voters nationwide:

Total votes cast:           16,232,017
"Yes" vote:                    10,381,662
"No" vote:                     5,850,355
Turnout:                        31.62 per cent

04:24 Below is a breakdown of the unofficial results. The table offers a governorate by governorate tabulation of the vote count:

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04:15 "Yes" voters in the Upper Egypt governorate of Qena trounce those opposed to the hotly disputed draft constitution, according to an unofficial FINAL count published by Al-Hayat television:

Yes = 307,839 (84.68%)
No = 55,679 (15.32%)

04:05 It's an ear-splitting "yes" in the Upper Egypt governorate of Minya, according to an unofficial FINAL count published by Al-Hayat television:

Yes: 760,704 (83.03%)
No: 155,390 (16.97%)

04:02 An unofficial FINAL count published by Al-Hayat television sees the "yes" camp claim a comfortable victory in the agriculturally vibrant Nile Delta governorate of Qalioubiya:

Yes: 524,332 (59.81%)
No: 351,988 (40.19%)

03:45 An unofficial FINAL count published by Ahram's Arabic news website points to another victory for the"yes" vote in the Nile Delta Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate:

Yes: 358,433 (66.6 per cent)
No: 184,692  (33.4 per cent)

03:43 A presiding judge in the Suez Governorate gives Ahram's Arabic news website an unofficial FINAL count for the canal governorate, indicating yet another emphatic victory for the "yes" camp:

Yes: 104,061 (70.2 per cent)
No: 44,114  ( 29.8 per cent)

03:31 An unofficial FINAL count published by Ahram's Arabic news website points to a resounding victory in Beni Suef Governorate for those in favour of the contentious draft constitution:

Yes: 466,248 (84.78%)
No: 83,689 (15.22%)

03:17 US Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson made an appearance during the vote-counting process in a polling station in the Agouza district of Giza Governorate. Patterson entered the station with an "international observer" licence, according to Ahram's Arabic-language news website.

US Ambassador to Egypt
US Ambassador Anne Patterson attends counting process at Giza polling station, Saturday (Photo: Al-Ahram)

03:10 An unofficial FINAL count published by Al-Hayat television sees "yes" voters recording another crushing win in the Nile Delta governorate of Beheira:

Yes: 819,017 (75.5 per cent)
No:  266,144 (24.5 per cent)

03:03 An unofficial FINAL count published by Ahram's Arabic-language news website shows the "yes" vote narrowly squeezing past the "no" vote in the coastal governorate of Port Said:
 

Yes: 85,353 (51 per cent)
No:  81,578 (49 per cent)

02:56 An unofficial FINAL count published by Ahram's Arabic-language news website sees the "yes" vote secure a sizeable victory in the Upper Egypt governorate of Luxor:

Yes: 133,880 (76.62 per cent)
No: 40,841 (23.38 per cent)

02:53 According to the Brotherhood's Ikhwanweb, the "yes" vote is leading by 72 per cent, after vote counts in 5,026 polling stations out of the 17 governorates' 6,724:


Yes: 4,198,436 (72 per cent)
No: 1,594,615 (28 per cent)

02:46 Ahram Online is compiling an overall vote count, tabulating preliminary results from both phases of the referendum. As the clock winds down, the “yes” vote dominates:
 

Yes: 8,774,123 (63.59 per cent)
No: 5,022,332 (36.40 per cent)

02:43 An unofficial FINAL count published by Ahram's Arabic-language news website sees the "yes" vote prevail in the coastal governorate of Ismailiya:


Yes: 179,620 (70 per cent)
No:  76,905 (30 per cent)

02:35 CORRECTED: An unofficial FINAL count published by Ahram's Arabic-language news website shows the “yes” vote securing a comfortable victory in the Red Sea governorate:
 

Yes: 44,073 (62.62 per cent)
No: 26,303  (37.38 per cent)

02:27 An unofficial FINAL count published by Ahram's Arabic-language news website shows Menoufiya Governorate, which gave former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq a large nod of approval, marginally oppose the draft constitution:

No:  382,491 (51.24 per cent)
Yes: 363,894 (48.76 per cent)

02:24 The “yes” vote maintains a comfortable lead in the Nile Delta Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate after votes were counted in 489 out of 578 polling stations, according to Ahram's Arabic-language news website:
 

Yes: 306,118
No: 146,742

02:19 A final vote count in the New Valley Governorate (Al-Wadi Al-Gedid), according to Al-Hayat television, indicates overwhelming support for the hotly disputed draft constitution:
 

Yes: 41,728 (87.2 per cent)
No: 6,047 (12.8  per cent)

02:16 Presiding judges speaking to Al-Hayat television announce preliminary results for 721 of Beheira Governorate’s 916 polling stations. Voters in this Nile Delta governorate appear to have turned out a strong “yes” vote:
 

Yes: 616,600
No: 211,627

01:58 Of the 143,584 registered voters in the New Valley Governorate (Al-Wadi Al-Gedid), initial counts indicate that 3,809 people voted “yes” and while 317 voted “no”, according to Al-Hayat television.

01:37 The Muslim Brotherhood’s Ikhwanweb have tabulated the votes in 3,483 of the total 6,724 polling stations in the second phase’s 17 governorates. The “yes” vote appears to remain comfortably in the lead:

Yes: 2,993,562 (74.3 per cent)
No: 1,035,703 (25.7 per cent) 

01:21 Ahram’s Arabic-language website provides us with a rather remarkable result. In Marsa Matrouh’s Hatoush village, polling station number 27 sees a resounding “yes” vote, as 100 per cent of the 236 voters vote in favour of the contentious draft constitution.

01:04 The vote count in 153 out of 578 polling stations in the Nile Delta Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate indicates a strong lead for the "yes" vote, according to Ahram's Arabic-language news website:

Yes: 104,361
No:  39,131

12:53 The Muslim Brotherhood’s FJP has announced their preliminary results, after counting votes in more than 50 per cent of the polling stations in Upper Egypt’s Minya Governorate:

Yes: 347,311
No: 52,260

12:46 The Muslim Brotherhood’s Ikhwanweb shows the "yes" vote well in the lead, after tallying votes from 795 out of 6,724 polling stations across the 17 governorates:

Yes: 616,742 (77 per cent)
No: 187,131   (23 per cent)

12:33 Here are preliminary vote counts from Ahram's Arabic-language website:

The vote count in 48 out of 201 polling stations in Ismailia governorate:

Yes: 38,890
No:   9,105


The vote count in 20 out of 608 polling stations in Qalioubiya governorate:

Yes: 8,870
No:  4,670

12:15 The vote count in 12 out of 201 polling stations in Ismailia Governorate, according to Ahram's Arabic-language news website:

Yes: 10,759
No:  2,484

12:10 To kick off our live coverage of tonight's vote count, we would like to offer our readers a run down of how Egyptians voted in the first phase of the referendum last Saturday.

Voting Trends in Phase One

   

Breakdown by Region

Yes

No

Border

71%

29%

Upper Egypt

77%

23%

Delta

56%

44%

Urban

49%

51%



The governorate of Giza was the main urban centre that took part in today's vote, boasting a constituency of 4.3 million registered voters. To the north, in the Nile Delta, Beheira and Menoufiya Governorates will likely steal the spotlight given the polarised-nature of their results in recent presidential elections.

In Upper Egypt, the Islamist strongholds of Fayoum and Beni Suef are expected to turn out a strong "yes" vote. The canal governorates of Suez, Port Said and Ismailia also voted today. Despite their smaller populations, their voting trends often catch the nation's attention.

Below is a list of the governorates that voted in the referendum's second phase. Results are expected to unfold in the coming hours.

# of Voters

Governorates

4,383,701

Giza Governorate

3,276,930

Beheira Governorate

2,718,947

Minya Governorate

2,639,808

Qalioubiya Governorate

2,236,898

Menoufiya Governorate

1,886,212

Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate

1,629,713

Qena Governorate

1,579,694

Fayoum Governorate

1,454,278

Beni Suef Governorate

868,773

Damietta Governorate

713,963

Ismailiya Governorate

685,009

Luxor Governorate

445,322

Port Said Governorate

387,522

Suez Governorate

212,495

Red Sea Governorate

232,388

Marsa Matrouh Governorate

143,584

New Valley (Al-Wadi Al-Gedid) Governorate

25,495,237

Total

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On Saturday, Egyptians in 17 governorates voted in the second and final phase of Egypt's constitutional referendum. It was a relatively uneventful day. The messages from both camps, however, provide us with a bit of insight into the nature of the poll.

The opposition has complained of violations yet again, which they believe threaten the legitimacy of the entire process. The Islamists,however, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, reject the opposition’s allegations.

In the Ismailia Governorate, bordering the Suez Canal, members of opposition group the National Salvation Front announced Saturday afternoon the withdrawal of their delegates, who were monitoring the referendum, objecting to “massive violations.”

Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) executive bureau member Mohamed Gamal Heshmat accused Rights groups and monitors of “falsely” creating problems in an attempt to taint the image of the referendum.

Observers say that the turnout in the second phase will not exceed the 32 per cent witnessed in the first phase.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Electoral Commission extended the voting hours from 7pm to 11pm due to "high voter turnout.”



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Adam
23-12-2012 10:19am
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Fail
1) 30 % turn out means invalid 2) 64% means invalid, a consitution needs 85% to pass 3) No Judges, Invalid 4) Mass fraud, Invaild With all the MB schemeing they still didnt get it to pass legally. Whatever the MB comments say from below, Egyptians will never accept it because you cant force rules on people
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Long live Mb and imam hasanul Banna
23-12-2012 07:46am
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Congratulations
Alhamdulillah and May Allah bless all Egyptian to work together in the years to come. Regards A Bangladeshi from Sydney
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mpa
23-12-2012 07:22am
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LOL! 60%
The Islamist have won 60% of another poll.
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Samy Aziz
23-12-2012 05:26am
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Congratulations to the Egyptian people
Congratulations on the decisive results for the Constitution. The great people of Egypt has said their opinion. I hope that ALL Egyptians accept the results and proceed forward to rebuild the economy.
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Samy Aziz
23-12-2012 05:20am
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American Ambassador watching the Vote
Why the American Ambassador is visiting a polling station?
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WARahman
23-12-2012 05:07am
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The Egyptian People Has Made the Choice, they are the winner
Congratulations to the people of great Egyptian.The people of Egypt is the winner. They have make their choice.Now is the time to fix the problem and rebuild the economy. The challenge is great after many years of authoratician rule.Once again, congratulations to all Egyptians and you can look forward to further steps in consolidating what you have achieved in the democratic process. Whoever governs will haeve a though task ahead because of the many mubarak loyalist and beneficiaries are lurking in powerful positions in the opposition, government institutions and judiciary.
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najjar
23-12-2012 04:41am
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By the way
How come the Egyptian ambassador in Washington did not attend the vote counting back in 2000 ?
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najjar
23-12-2012 04:36am
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Mabrouk
Mabrouk, al hamdouliLLAH
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deen
23-12-2012 04:33am
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good job al ahram
its seems all smiling faces with nearly 2/3 vote for yes to the constitutions congratulation egypt
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Sharif Shehata
23-12-2012 04:29am
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Accomplishment
Now we need to give president Mohamed Morsi and his government to work and deliver his promises. Most importantly all Egyptians need to work hard together for a better Egypt. The nation built up by honest people and hard work. It is time to move the country forward. God save Egypt.
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