Brotherhood defends referendum vote from reports of irregularities

News article, posted 12.17.2012, from Egypt, in:
Brotherhood defends referendum vote from reports of irregularities (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm)

The Muslim Brotherhood on Sunday defended the legitimacy of the first phase on the constitutional referendum, responding to opposition and human rights activists who have called the Saturday poll “unfair.”

In a statement published on its official Facebook page, the Islamist group said the referendum “proves Egypt has become a democratic country.”

“The queues of people from the morning until late in the evening ... [were] a great scene proving that the Egyptian people took off the coat of passivity and felt their sovereignty and rights to realize their will,” the statement went on.

However, the main opposition coalition, the National Salvation Front, said there were several irregularities during the vote.

Front member George Ishaq, speaking to Sky News Arabic on Sunday, urged citizens who were unable to cast their ballots to file lawsuits against the High Judicial Elections Commission for refusing to extend voting times.

Preliminary results showed that the constitution was approved by a narrow margin in the 10 governorates of the first round, with opponents outnumbering supporters in Cairo and Gharbiya, and the opposite in Alexandria and Upper Egyptian governorates.

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