Election results most likely Thursday: SPEC source

Ahram Online, Wednesday 20 Jun 2012

A source from the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission tells Al-Ahram the final results will most likely be announced Thursday

The results of Egypt’s first post-revolution presidential elections are expected to be announced at a press conference Thursday, a source at the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC) told Al-Ahram's Arabic language news website.

Earlier today, the head of SPEC, Farouq Sultan, announced that the commission is investigating approximately 400 appeal cases filed by both presidential candidates, Ahmed Shafiq and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi.

According to the source, if the commission finds anything in the appeals that requires a postponement of the final results announcement, they will release a statement explaining the reasons. However, according to the SPEC source, there is no reason for postponing yet.

The commission was to hold a session Wednesday afternoon to investigate the appeals presented by Morsi and to listen to his lawyer, Abdel-Moneim Abdel-Maqsoud, and in another session to listen to Shafiq’s lawyer.

Morsi has presented nine appeals challenging the results from 144 polling stations in nine governorates, including Cairo, Sharqiya, Daqahliya, Beheira, Kafr El-Sheikh, Menoufiya, Fayoum and Minya. He complained that voting was rigged and accused campaign delegates of Shafiq of manipulating voters in polling stations.

For his part, Shafiq has presented four appeals challenging the results from 241 polling stations in several governorates, accusing Morsi of bringing previously marked ballots into the stations.

Hatem Begato, the secretary general of SPEC, said earlier that the date of the announcement of the final result could be delayed if the commission feels it needs more time to investigate the appeals filed.

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