Shafiq appeals against Morsi's 2012 election victory

Ahram Online, Monday 27 May 2013

Former presidential contender claims that the presidential elections were subject to forgery and violations

Ahmed Shafiq
File photo: Ahmed Shafiq (Photo: Reuters)

Former presidential contender Ahmed Shafiq filed an appeal on Monday with the High Constitutional Court (HCC) and the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC) against the results of the 2012 presidential elections, claiming they were the result of forgery.

Shafiq, who was appointed prime minister by ousted president Hosni Mubarak during the 2011 January revolution and left office in March 2011 amid protests, lost the final round of the presidential election against Mohamed Morsi last June.

Shafiq challenged the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission’s (SPEC) decision, issued on 24 June 2012, announcing Morsi as the country's new president. Shafiq claims that there were forgery and major violations in the electoral process.

Essam El-Erian, vice-chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), told Al-Ahram’s Arabic website that Shafiq "did not read the constitutional declaration issued [in March 2011] by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF)."

Article 28 of the declaration made the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission the only body mandated to supervise the presidential elections, and rendered its decisions immune from appeal.

"Mubarak's regime, of which Shafiq is a representative, dealt with the 25 January revolution as if it was an uprising or a Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy," El-Erian said.

"They cannot understand what has taken place."     

Morsi won the presidential elections last June, receiving 52 percent in the final round against Shafiq, who won 48 percent of the votes cast.

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