Rule on Shafiq's appeal against Egypt's presidential results on 25 June

Ahram Online, Saturday 22 Jun 2013

Egypt's Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission will look into charges of elections fraud filed by former contender Ahmed Shafiq on 25 June

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Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik speaks during a news conference in Cairo February 13, 2011. (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC) has scheduled a session for 25 June to look into former presidential contender Ahmed Shafiq's appeal against the results of the 2012 presidential elections, which saw Brotherhood-fielded Mohamed Morsi take the seat.

Shafiq, who has been residing in the UAE from the time he lost, filed an appeal last month with the High Constitutional Court (HCC) and SPEC charging that the elections were forged.

Morsi was announced as Egypt's new president on 24 June 2012 but Shafiq claims that there were major violations in the electoral process.

Vice-chairman of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Essam El-Erian criticised Shafiq's action last month saying that "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 also pointed out that 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.

Morsi won the presidential elections last June, receiving 52 percent in the final round against Shafiq, who won 48 percent of the votes cast. Shafiq, a former long-time commander of the Egyptian Air Force, was appointed prime minister by ousted president Hosni Mubarak during the 2011 January revolution and left office in March 2011 amid protests.

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