Video: Shayfeencom raise awareness on electoral fraud using humour

Ahram Online, Thursday 24 May 2012

In a new humorous short movie with voice-over actor Khalid Mansour, Shayfeencom spreads awareness on inventive ways in which elections can be rigged

After years of fighting for free and fair elections, the Shayfeencom (We can see you) movement have created a short humorous video raising awareness of different forms of rigging elections. In a three-minute skit, voiceover actor and stand-up comedian Khalid Mansour uses his wit to tell voters how to spot and report elections forgery to Shayfeencom's hotline: 16951.

Using the how-to approach, Mansour gives advice on five different kinds of electoral fraud.

The first type is group forgery — where one finds a bus from one company or factory with specific instructions to employers on who to vote for.

The second type involves that same group of people finishing at one polling station only to move onto another. Mansour demonstrates how one can remove the ink on one’s finger with orange peel. He also talks about how the polling station can dilute the ink with water to make it less indelible.

There is also a way of messing with the voting card itself: the person inside the polling station puts a blank card in the ballot box and takes the actual card outside, giving it to a person who will pay them, then handing it to an accomplice who puts it into the ballot.

"If one really wants to forge the ballot, the fourth way to do it is public voting, where the polling station becomes a vegetable market," Mansour explains. In this case there is no private place for people to write down their vote before putting it in the sealed ballot box.

The last way involves a random group of people that have nothing to do with the judge in the polling station sitting and asking people who they are and what is happening.

Shayfeencom was formed in 2005 as a civil body for monitoring the parliamentary elections using video and photographic evidence of infringements, widespread at the time. It continued to recruit volunteers to monitor elections over the years, the most recent of which were the 2011 parliamentary elections.

The movement was formed by prior presidential hopeful Bothaina Kamel among others and later supported by the judges’ movement for an independent judicial system headed by presidential candidate Hisham El-Bastawisi


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