Human rights organizations observe first day of elections
The National Council for Human Rights observed the presidential election - YOUM7(Archive)
By DALIA FAROUK

CAIRO: A number of human rights organizations observed the first day of the presidential election Monday.

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights issued a report about violations they witnessed during the presidential election until 1 p.m.

They stated that observers were banned from entering two poll stations in Minya, due to their not having permission from the High Presidential  Election Commission.

In the same governorate, they also reported seeing a banner for Hamdeen Sabbahi on the doors of a polling station.

In Luxor, they witnessed people holding images of both presidential candidates, while in Dakahlia there were speakers playing a song supporting the army near a polling station.

In Beni Suef, security forces banned a number of monitors without giving them any reasons.

The report also mentioned a violent incident in Fayoum, and said Muslim Brotherhood members blocked the road and threatened to burn any cars that tried to pass through.

The National Alliance for Monitoring elections issued a report on complaints by citizens on campaign banners.

The report also said that citizens complained of lack of facilities for the elderly and people with special needs in polling stations.

It also said that in Minya a number of MB members threw flares during the voting process and military forces managed to disperse them.

The National Council for Human Rights issued a press statement saying the coucnil’s main operations room received 53 complaints, adding that most complaints were about polling stations opening late.

On another hand, Egyptian Center for Development Studies and Human Rights told Youm7 that the center’s observers did not witness any problems in Alexandria.

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