Egyptian judges challenge result of May 25 referendum

[JURIST] The Egyptian judges' syndicate released a report Saturday stating that the results of a nationwide poll on regulations for the upcoming presidential elections were unreliable due to fraud. The group of 8,000 judges pointed to extremely low turnout in polling stations supervised by the judiciary and extremely high turnout in stations run by civil servants (in some cases reaching 100%), as well as photographs of "Yes" votes bundled together in ballot boxes. The poll approved a change in Egyptian election law [JURIST report] allowing more than one person to run for president, but opposition groups said the law is riddled with regulations that leave too much power in the hands of the ruling National Democratic Party [official website, English version]. The Egyptian Constitutional Court recently declared the substantive law at issue in the referendum unconstitutional [JURIST report]. Aljazeera has more.

 

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