CAIRO: Former President and head of the Supreme Constitutional Court Adly Mansour has removed himself from a case considering the appeal filed by former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq on the results of the 2012 presidential election due to a perceived conflict of interest.
A judicial source told Youm7 Monday that SCC deputy Anwar al-Assy will instead review the appeal.
Shafiq filed an appeal on May 27, 2013 to the High Constitutional Court (HCC) and the Supreme Electoral Commission (SEC) to challenge the 2012 election results as he claimed that the election had been subject to violations and forgery.
The SEC issued a decision on June 24, 2012 declaring that now ousted President Mohamed Morsi was the country’s new president.
Shafiq’s challenge was previously criticized by then Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Vice Chairman Essam El-Erian.
Erian said in a statement to Al-Ahram that Shafiq “didn’t read the constitutional declaration issued by SCAF [in March 2011].”
The declaration that was issued in 2011, states that the SEC is the only body that has the right to observe presidential elections, and its decisions cannot be appealed.
Shafiq said in an interview that he attained documents that prove that the elections were fraudulent, and that is why it took him a year to appeal, according to Daily News Egypt.
Shafiq lawyer Shawki al-Sayed told Youm7 last December that the charges against Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood include preventing Copts from voting and using intimidation tactics and fraudulent equipment like phosphorous pens.
Sayed said that Shafiq’s appeal on the 2012 presidential election is ongoing, but if election fraud is proven, Shafiq would still not be president.
During a call with Al-Kahera Wal Nas last March, Sayed said that it would be hard for Shafiq to become president, even if the verdict was in favor of him against Morsi, because of the events of June 30.
Additionally reporting by Ibrahim Kassem