Human rights groups call for rerun of first phase of constitutional referendum due to 'numerous' violations witnessed during voting on Saturday
"A number of prominent human rights groups have called for a re-run of the first
phase of Egypt's constitutional referendum due to numerous violations reported
during polling on Saturday.
"Despite the revolution, we had a referendum like those held during the
Mubarak era," Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) leader Bahi
El-Din Hassan said at a press conference on Sunday.
Hassan went on to list several types of violations that "invalidate the whole
For example, there were cases of 'fake' judges overseeing the voting at
He also accused several judges of closing polling stations early despite an
order by the Supreme Electoral Commission (SEC) to extend voting until 11pm.
Human rights lawyer Negad El-Borai added that members of civil society
organisations were banned from entering polling stations. However, members the
Freedom and Justice Party were given permits to enter polling stations and
sometimes used that access to encourage people to vote 'Yes'.
"We have reported all the violations, but there has been no response from the
SEC," added El-Borai, who questioned how the SEC could release statements
denying violations had occurred without investigating them....."