US dismayed by reports of Egypt poll problems

AFP, Tuesday 30 Nov 2010

The United States is disappointed and dismayed over reports of interference, intimidation and other problems in Egypt's parliamentary elections, the State Department said

"Reports from domestic civil society monitors, candidate representatives, and government officials on the conduct of (Sunday's) elections give us cause for concern," spokesman Philip Crowley said Monday.
"We are disappointed by reports in the pre-election period of disruption of campaign activities of opposition candidates and arrests of their supporters, as well as denial of access to the media for some opposition voices. We are also dismayed by reports of election-day interference and intimidation by security forces."

Crowley added that "these irregularities call into question the fairness and transparency of the process" and called for international observers to monitor and freely report on polling.
Egypt's main opposition party, the Muslim Brotherhood, said that it had lost most of its seats in parliament in an election it charged had been "rigged and invalid".
Human rights groups which monitored the poll in the Arab world's most populous nation backed up opposition complaints that it had been marred by fraud and violence but the government insisted it had been conducted fairly.

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