Shafiq committing violations on first day of Egypt's presidential runoff: Morsi campaign

Sarah El-Rashidy , Saturday 16 Jun 2012

Morsi's campaign claims that despite various violations by his rival, Shafiq, that Morsi is still in the lead

Mohammed Morsi
Egyptian presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi waves to his supporters outside a polling station in Zagazig (Photo: AP)

The campaign team of presidential hopeful, Mohamed Morsi, complains of several violations by Shafiq and military - but that 69 per cent of Egyptian voters have thus far chosen Morsi.

This is the first day of the two-day run off elections between Ahmed Shafiq, Mubarak's last prime minister, and Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate.      

Morsi's campaign headquarters in downtown Cairo held a press conference on Saturday, the first day of the final round of Egypt's historic presidential elections. 

Osama El-Helw the Freedom and Justice Party's representative legal expert highlighted national violations committed by the armed forces as the party's major concern, saying that "Most violations occured in Alexandria."

"There have been sporadic attempts by military personnel to rig votes and use a revolving sheet of paper to forge votes; as well as vote buying,"  Khaled El-Qazzaz, FJP media chief and party coordinator, described how they are allegedly forging the votes. 

Other violations, per the FJP, include voting sheets hidden in a police vehicle in Menoufiya; unequal representation of their party representatives compared to Shafiq's campaign delegates in Qalioubiya; whilst in Luxor one of Morsi's representative was said to be prohibited from entering a polling station. 

Moreover, Morsi's supporters claim that Shafiq campaigners are calling for a boycott of the elections. They also claim that busses of military personnel - which are prohibited from voting - wearing civilian clothes voted.    

Nevertheless, Morsi's campaign delegates asserted their confidence in ability their candidate's to win the race. 

El-Qazzaz told Ahram Online: "There has been a good constituent attendance for Morsi today; despite numerous violations by the military." 

"Morsi should win, according to our internal monitoring of the poll, as well as Al-Ahram's and Al-Jazeera's; he holds a 69 per cent majority," he asserts, confidently. 

"If the votes are not rigged and the elections are democratic, Morsi will win," affirmed Dina Zakaria, the Morsi campaign media representative and member of the foreign relations committee.

"If Shafiq wins, then we know the elections were forged, based on all of the statistics," she added, while she was urging Egyptians to vote.        

When asked how the FJP party would react should Shafiq win, the response was vague and unclear. 

"No decision has been taken on a response under such circumstances." Zakaria responded, pensively.

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