Increasing void votes raise skepticism for Nour Party
Nour Party member supports Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi - YOUM7/Ahmed Azab

CAIRO: Tamarod Movement revealed that the Salafist Nour Party members created invalid votes contrary to their previous announcement that they would support presidential candidate Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi, Tamarod spokesperson Mohamed Nabawy said in televised statement on late Thursday

“Nour Party failed to control its supporters during the presidential elections,” Nabawy said and stressed that Tamarod monitored a number of the party followers invalidating their votes.

Nour Party expressed its support for Sisi since he announced to run for president in April. A number of the party leaders justified their position by saying that Sisi adopted Islamist ideology without affiliating to any Islamist parties.

Nour Party Assistant Chairperson Nader Bakar denied these claims, saying that they performed a major role in rallying people to vote for Sisi. He said the party does not represent the Salafist trend as a whole, clarifying that there are Salafists affiliating to other Salafist parties that decided to boycott the elections, including Watan Party and Asala Party.

“The party supported Sisi as the only person who can achieve stability and execute the roadmap,” Bakar said in an interview with Al-Masry Al-Youm. Remnants of National Democratic Party (NDP) and businesspeople who expressed their support for Sisi betrayed him during the elections, he added and that Sisi lacked a serious electoral campaign.

Coordinator of Revolution Youth Coalition Osama Farag said the increasing number of invalid votes is an important message that should be considered by decision makers to pave the way to gain the support of those who plan to invalidate their votes in the future.

Farag said Nour Party failed to rally its supporters to vote for Sisi and that most of them invalidated their votes despite their formal position to support the former military leader. He stressed the need to achieve national reconciliation among the different parties in the Egyptian community.

Nationally, there were 1,220,772 voided votes, which actually beat the 734,300 votes cast for presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi. In the second round of the 2012 presidential election, the number of invalid votes only reached 843,252.

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