Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Egypt extends presidential poll by a day

Egypt's presidential election has been extended by one more day in an effort to boost low turnout that threatened to undermine the credibility of the vote likely to be won by the former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
The decision followed lower-than-expected turnout in the originally two-day vote that was due to end on Tuesday at 18GMT.
While the Egyptian government declared a national holiday for Tuesday in an effort to get voters to cast their ballots, an official with international monitoring group Global Network for Rights and Development reported that voter turnout was noticibly low.

"There was a high turnout yesterday [Monday] in the morning, about 12 percent by midday, but it decreased in the afternoon. Today there's very few people voting. The turnout is very low," the official said.
Voters have reportedly received text messages telling them they could be fined if they do not vote.
The vote, which began on Monday, pits Sisi against the left-wing candidate Hamdeen Sabahi, a former legislator and long-term Nasserist who came third in the 2012 election.
Sisi, who quit the army in March to run for president, led a coup that removed the nation's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, last July.
Sabahi's office complained early on Monday that police and soldiers were refusing his representatives access to polling stations.
In one case, detailed in an email to journalists, the Sabahi campaign claimed that lawyer Ahmed Hanafi Abu Zaid of the campaign's legal committee was "brutally beaten" and arrested after trying to mediate in a dispute with another campaign delegate.
"He was later transfered to a military prosecutor's office," the campaign said.
The Muslim Brotherhood, to which Morsi belongs, had instructed its followers to boycott the vote. Also boycotting the polls were many of the pro-democracy youths who participated in the 2011 uprising against former president Hosni Mubarak.
In a report issued on May 16, the US-based Carter Centre expressed concerns about "the restrictive political and legal context surrounding Egypt’s electoral process, the lack of a genuinely competitive campaign environment, and the deep political polarisation that threatens the country’s transition".
Dissidents in detention
Carter Centre representatives are among a number of international observers monitoring the polls, including the European Union.
Citing Human Rights Watch estimates, the Reuters news agency reported that the number of political dissidents and Islamists in detention in Egypt are more than 20,000.
The last year has been the bloodiest period of internal strife in Egypt's modern history, with hundred of Brotherhood supporters getting killed during protests while several hundred members of the security forces have also been killed by Islamists since last July.
The Brotherhood, declared a terrorist organisation by the state, has described the vote as "the election of the presidency of blood".
The government accuses the group of orchestrating violence - a charge it denies.
In the rural province of Fayoum, south of Cairo, and in the city of Alexandria, both places where Islamists have strong support, voter queues were short throughout Monday.
Many of those who opposed Sisi said the election lacked democratic credibility.
Sisi won 95 percent of votes cast in advance by Egyptians abroad, but an opinion poll by the Washington-based Pew Research Centre suggests a more mixed picture, with Sisi viewed favourably by 54 percent and unfavourably by 45 percent.
As Sisi voted in Cairo on Monday, he waved to supporters, who shouted "President, president!"
"Today Egyptians are going to write their history," said Sisi.
It is the second time Egyptians are electing a president in two years. And it is the seventh vote or referendum since 2011.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Presidency War in Egypt

Presidency competition in Egypt turned to be a war.Anyone is not supporting the military candidate is considered as a traitor.I made a lot of telephone calls to Marshal Sisi's campaign so as to meet the campaign spokesman ,media spokesman or any member of the campaign but in vain.the media coordinator said to me " Priority is given to local media and we will do our best later on to arrange an interview for you".
I decided to meet Sisi's supporters from the movements like Tamrod.Tamrod media spokesman said "Marshal Sisi is the man of this time and there are millions supporting him.He is the man who saved us from the Islamic Fascist".As for Tamrod division on supporting presidency candidates,there are 4 basic founders of   Tamrod where we have 3 of them supporting the other candidate , Hamdeen Sabahi who call himself revolution's candidate.Mohamed Nabawi ,Tamrod Sisi said only 3 supporting Hamdeen while millions supporting Sisi.
President of one of the parties that support Sisi when I asked him about the marshal program, said "Its enough for him to give an oath on the constitution ,as program is not important for people".
Member in Kamel Gemilk,popular campaign supporting Sisi,said " Hamdeen cant be presidency,he can only run for the Parliament".
Ambassador Massom Marzouk,media spokesman of the second candidate,Hamdeen sabahi ,said " Hamdeen is one from us and came to be January revolution candidate and we have a program for the Egyptians where bread,freedom and social justice is presented".
"I dont agree with the protest law as the revolution came to grant us the right to protest any time to oppress us ,so one of the priorities of Hamdeen is to cancel this law and release all the prisoners of conscience who are not accused of murder" ambassador Marzouk added.