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Wafd Party's observers track more violations, point finger at the Brotherhood

Wafd Party's observers said in a statement they have spotted many violations on second day of parliamentary elections

Ahram Online, Tuesday 29 Nov 2011
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Women walk beside an election poster by Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood "The Freedom and Justice Party" outside a polling station in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
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Observers from the Wafd party said in a statement that they have observed a number of violations being committed on the second day in the first round of Egypt’s historic parliamentary elections.

The breaches, they said, took place between 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in nine Egyptian governorates.

In Cairo, Wafd observers accused the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and the Egyptian Liberal Bloc of using religious slogans during the ballot.

The FJP, which was accused of committing many violations yesterday, was also said to have "resumed promoting themselves through amplifiers on vehicles."

The statement said: "In front of El-Marg School in the east of Cairo, many of the Freedom and Justice Party representatives were seen leafleting. In front of El-Mataria High School, women wearing the face-veil called on female constituents to cast their votes for the FJP, which prompted several arguments.

“Another woman wearing the face-veil was paying each voter LE 50 to vote for the Freedom and Justice Party. When some constituents expressed disgruntlement, she said that she didn't intend to pay them off, but the money is rather alms-giving.”

The same statement also accused the Salafist Nour Party and the Egyptian Bloc of buying off votes in Shubra and El-Sahel, saying that the vote price was up to LE100.

“Nour Party is also distributing bags containing sugar, oil and other groceries," the statement added.

The Wafd observers also said the polling stations at El-Kholafa El-Rashedeen School, Hadaak El-Koba, did not open their doors until the report was issued.

The Wafd observers also accused the Brotherhood of buying votes in the Red Sea Governorate -- LE 200 per vote. Independent candidate Samir Haress was paying half this amount for votes, according to the statement

In Assiut, buses were transporting Coptic constituents from churches. They were said to have cast their votes for the Egyptian Bloc, led by the Free Egyptians Party.

Providing voters with means of transportation is against Egyptian law.

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