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FAQs on Egypt's constitutional referendum

A guide to Saturday's referendum on constitutional amendments

Ahram Online, Friday 18 Mar 2011
Tahrir Square
An Egyptian man carries a banner in Arabic that reads:"no for patching the constitution, people want a new constitution," during a rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square,March 18, 2011 (AP Photo/Grace Kassab)
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Who is eligible to vote?

Any Egyptian above the age of 18, holding a national ID card is eligible to vote. The government estimates the number of eligible voters to be 45 million.

What do I need in order to vote and how do I vote? (Source: official referendum website)

1. Submit your national ID card to the Chairman of the Subcommittee to verify your identity
2. You will then receive a voting card from the Secretary of the Committee. Make sure that the card is free of any sign, and sealed by the Sub-Commission.

Do not accept a voting card from any person other than the Secretary of the Committee and do not accept any card with a mark on it or with a broken seal.

3. Proceed to and stand behind the dark coloured curtain in order to mark your vote. Place a clear sign for “Yes” or “No”. Do not place more than one mark on the card and do not write anything else on the card. Any extraneous marks will invalidate the voting card.
4. Then fold your card and hand it to the Secretary of the Committee to put directly into the ballot box.
5. Sign or stamp your inked thumb print using the phosphoric ink next to your name on the registered voters list (the ink is unwashable for 24 hours).

Where to vote?
There is a detailed map but here are a few key sites:

1.  Zamalek: The Zamalek School (3 El-Sayed El-Bakry Street)

2. Heliopolis: Heliopolis Prep School (33 Ismail Ramzy Street)

3. Heliopolis: Tahrir School (8 El-Delta Street off Salah El-Din Square)

4. Boulaq: Boulaq Youth Centre (Boulaq New Street next to the Boulaq market)

5. Shubra: The Faculty of Engineering (Shubra Street)

6. Shubra: Nasser Girls School (5 Donshway Street, next to El Sahel School)

For a full list please see the following link: http://referendum.eg/

Who is voting “Yes”?

The Islamist current, namely the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists as well as the former ruling NDP, handfulls of independents and political activists.

Who is voting “No”?

The Revolution Youth Coalition, El-Ghad party, ElBaradei's campaign, Amr Moussa's campaign, poltical analyst Amr Hamzawy, popular preacher Amr Khalid, Tahani El-Gibali (vice-president of the constitutional court), the Wafd party, the Tagammu party, the Nasserist party, the Karamah party, and the Socialist and leftist parties and movements. The various youth movements have also campaigned against the amendments; they include: the 6th of April movement, the Hashd youth movement and the Justice and Freedom youth movement, along with other independents, political activists and civil society organisations.

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Hany Abdelmalek
19-03-2011 10:01am
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Improper voting procedures
I just came back from voting and would commend the proper civilized organization of both, the people and the police, but as I went in, I was shocked with the irresponsible reckless attitude of the judge; I was given a card without a stamp and upon objecting I was given a ruthless response from the lady, and after an argument, she finally threw me a stamped card. I wonder how many void votes due to unstamped voting cards! This is an unacceptable treatment to the honest people who made the effort for the new Egypt, Only to find that their vote is voided.
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