SPEC not finished with vote-count yet

Ahram Online, Tuesday 19 Jun 2012

Electoral commission refutes announcements made by both presidential campaigns on Tuesday that their candidates have won, says final results are not ready yet

File photo: The Egyptian special election committee announces the result in the Egyptian presidential election, at a press conference in Cairo (Photo: AP)

The Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission has announced that it has not yet finished compiling the results from the final voting stage in the presidential elections; nor has it concluded its investigations of candidates' appeals of results from certain polling stations.

The statement came after the campaigns of both presidential contenders, the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi and Mubarak's last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, announced that their candidate had won.

"Concerning announcements made by both presidential campaigns, the commission is still at the stage of assessing the nationwide vote-counting process, and is yet to look into several appeals submitted against some results. The commission will reach the final results only after it has finished verifying the vote-counting process and assessed the appeals and their impact on results," said the SPEC's statement, issued on Tuesday evening.

Shafiq's campaign said in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon that its candidate received 51 per cent of the vote, making him the winner. Morsi's campaign had announced on Monday that their candidate had won the vote.

The Shafiq campaign's announcement propelled Morsi's team to display apparent proof of his presidential election victory at a press conference on Tuesday. Morsi's campaign said that Morsi had received 52 per cent of the votes, and the campaign issued copies of results from polling stations, with official stamps and the signatures of supervising judges.

The official announcement of the results will be made by the SPEC on Thursday 21 June.

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