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Egypt's SPEC delays ruling on appeal against 2012 president poll results

Supreme Presidential Elections Commission (SPEC) briefly postpones ruling on appeal request by former presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafiq regarding results of poll that brought President Morsi to power

Ahram Online, Tuesday 25 Jun 2013
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Egypt's Supreme Presidential Elections Commission (SPEC) has postponed to Wednesday its ruling on an appeal request filed by former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq regarding the results of last year's presidential elections.

The SPEC held a Tuesday session in which it listened to Shafiq's lawyer, Shawki El-Sayed, after which it had been expected to issue its ruling on the appeal request.

On 27 May, El-Sayed lodged an appeal request with the SPEC on behalf of Shafiq against the results of Egypt's 2012 presidential polls, which brought Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi to the presidency, claiming the results had been rigged.

Morsi narrowly defeated Shafiq, who served as ousted president Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, garnering 51.7 percent of the votes in a hard-fought final runoff round.

On Tuesday, El-Sayed told the SPEC that Morsi had received 110 million Kuwaiti dinars from "Islamists in Kuwait," which were deposited into his account at the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) for use in Morsi's electoral campaign.

El-Sayed called on the SPEC to file a request with the CBE for official documents that would support his assertions.

By law, each presidential candidate is allowed to spend LE10 million on his/her campaign, along with an additional LE2 million in the event of a runoff vote.

El-Sayed also called on the SPEC to request that Egyptian Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, former head of Egypt's Supreme Military Council (which ruled the country between Mubarak's ouster and Morsi's assumption of the presidency) provide testimony regarding alleged threats against the military council by the Muslim Brotherhood immediately before poll results were announced.

If the SPEC accepts Shafiq's appeal, the poll results – which it issued itself last summer – will be thrown into question, along with Morsi's presidential legitimacy.

"According to Egypt's presidential elections law, the period set for filing appeals related to the electoral process ends when results are announced," lawyer Mohamed Abdallah, head of legislative development at Egypt's state-run National Council for Human Rights, told Ahram Online Tuesday.

He added, however, that if new evidence emerged subsequently, it could be taken into consideration by the courts.  

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