Shafiq’s lawyers ask for presidential election re-run

Ahram Online , Monday 22 Oct 2012

Complaints submitted with attorney-general by Ahmed Shafiq’s lawyers call for investigation into election ‘irregularities’ and re-run of presidential poll

Shafiq’s lawyers ask for presidential election re-run
File Photo: Egyptian ex-presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq addresses his supporters during an election rally in Cairo, Egypt Thursday, June 14, 2012 (Photo: AP)

Lawyers acting for Ahmed Shafiq on Monday filed complaints with the attorney-general calling for a rerun of Egypt’s presidential election run-off due to alleged irregularities.

Shafiq finished second to Mohamed Morsi in the presidential election run-off in June.

The attorney-general has ordered an investigation into the complaints.

The alleged irregularities include rigging voting cards in favour of Morsi, supplying pens with ink which disappears after a short time (ink was used to mark people who had voted), and preventing some Coptic Christians (who backed Shafiq heavily in the poll) from voting.

In addition, lawyers called for an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood press conference which announced a victory for its candidate, Mohamed Morsi, while vote tally was still pending before the final count was announced by the High Elections Commission.

Lawyers also requested an investigation into what they called "the intense campaign and false allegations" directed at Shafiq by opponents during the election campaign.

Former aviation minister Shafiq was referred to a criminal court in late September, alongside ten aviation ministry officials, to face charges of "profiteering and facilitating the [illegal] acquisition of state funds."

Shafiq travelled to the United Arab Emirates immediately after his election defeat and it was later revealed that he planned to stay there for "security reasons."

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