(Image source: Al Jazeera)


BY JOHN O’CONNOR

ANCHOR JASMINE BAILEY

Counting is underway in Egypt after the first round of voting on a controversial new draft constitution drew to a close Sunday. Egypt’s ruling party claims the majority of citizens have voted to approve the referendum. Al Jazeera has the details.

“The first round of the referendum on Egypt’s constitution is now over, and the unofficial results show 56.9 percent voted in favor of the draft.”  

According to Businessweek, “The [Muslim] Brotherhood said on its website that 4.6 million people voted ‘yes’ to the charter … while 3.5 million opposed it. The figures, posted on the group’s website, are unofficial and based on its own tally...” 

The Wall Street Journal reports the vote was expected to be close as liberal non-seculars and minority groups vehemently oppose the draft constitution’s vagueness surrounding civil rights.

“At the center of opponents' arguments is the role of religion in the draft constitution … Religious freedoms are guaranteed only for Christians, Jews and Muslims while the rights of women and children are barely mentioned.” 

A BBC correspondent says the major opposition group against the draft originally disagreed with the Muslim Brotherhood’s prediction, but have since conceded the referendum will most likely pass.

“Actually the opposition are roughly agreeing with that. They did predict victory for themselves originally, but now they say they’re agreeing with that prediction that it seems the constitution has been passed in this referendum.”  

CNN reports other opposition coalition groups have not accepted the prediction, claiming there were widespread voting abuses.

According to The Egyptian Coalition for Monitoring Elections, “There were cases of voter intimidation, delaying the voting process, and early closure of some voting centers with no clear reasons … ” The government-funded National Council for Human Rights conceded some of those claims, citing primarily the early closure of voting stations. 

And the New York Times reports“A spokesman for the main coalition opposing the charter said that it had found widespread irregularities and that its leaders would speak later on Sunday. In Cairo, the biggest city, about 56 percent voted no … ” 

The Egyptian election commission says it will not announce the official results until a second round of voting takes place for Egypt’s smaller provinces on December 22nd. 

 

Egypt Islamists Claim Majority in Referendum

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Dec 16, 2012

Egypt Islamists Claim Majority in Referendum

(Image source: Al Jazeera)


BY JOHN O’CONNOR

ANCHOR JASMINE BAILEY

Counting is underway in Egypt after the first round of voting on a controversial new draft constitution drew to a close Sunday. Egypt’s ruling party claims the majority of citizens have voted to approve the referendum. Al Jazeera has the details.

“The first round of the referendum on Egypt’s constitution is now over, and the unofficial results show 56.9 percent voted in favor of the draft.”  

According to Businessweek, “The [Muslim] Brotherhood said on its website that 4.6 million people voted ‘yes’ to the charter … while 3.5 million opposed it. The figures, posted on the group’s website, are unofficial and based on its own tally...” 

The Wall Street Journal reports the vote was expected to be close as liberal non-seculars and minority groups vehemently oppose the draft constitution’s vagueness surrounding civil rights.

“At the center of opponents' arguments is the role of religion in the draft constitution … Religious freedoms are guaranteed only for Christians, Jews and Muslims while the rights of women and children are barely mentioned.” 

A BBC correspondent says the major opposition group against the draft originally disagreed with the Muslim Brotherhood’s prediction, but have since conceded the referendum will most likely pass.

“Actually the opposition are roughly agreeing with that. They did predict victory for themselves originally, but now they say they’re agreeing with that prediction that it seems the constitution has been passed in this referendum.”  

CNN reports other opposition coalition groups have not accepted the prediction, claiming there were widespread voting abuses.

According to The Egyptian Coalition for Monitoring Elections, “There were cases of voter intimidation, delaying the voting process, and early closure of some voting centers with no clear reasons … ” The government-funded National Council for Human Rights conceded some of those claims, citing primarily the early closure of voting stations. 

And the New York Times reports“A spokesman for the main coalition opposing the charter said that it had found widespread irregularities and that its leaders would speak later on Sunday. In Cairo, the biggest city, about 56 percent voted no … ” 

The Egyptian election commission says it will not announce the official results until a second round of voting takes place for Egypt’s smaller provinces on December 22nd. 

 

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