Printing house workers protest, accused of forging voting ballots

Ahram Online, Thursday 21 Jun 2012

Printing house workers protested Thursday in response to accusations that they forged voting ballots; 30 questioned by prosecution

Ballots for Egypt's presidential elections are seen in a ballot box at a polling station in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

Governmental print house workers protested Thursday in Imbaba, blocking traffic, in protest at being accusing of forging election voting ballots. The road was cut on both sides of Nile Corniche, disrupting traffic. Some 30 print house workers were questioned by the prosecution on the allegations.

One of the workers told Ahram news portal: "We have been printing voting ballots for 40 years now and we have never been the target of such accusations." He questioned how would there be forgery if more than three security men guard the printing pallet, and that after printing the pallet is wrapped.

The worker also asked why only he and his colleagues were being them be accused while police printing houses printed voting ballots as well. "We have printed only 25 million voting ballots, whereas the police printed the second half."

Some 400 appeals were filed between the presidential candidates on the voting ballots, with the governmental print house specifically accused of forging from 800 to 1000 voting ballots for Morsi's benefit.

The second round run-off between Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq took place 16-17 June. The result will be officially announced 23 or 24 June.

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