HPEC refuses Shafiq appeal on 2012 elections case
Ahmed Shafiq - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The High Presidential Election Committee rejected Thursday the appeal of former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq regarding the results of the 2012 elections in which he lost to Mohamed Morsi, Youm7 reported.

The HPEC said that refusing the appeal is based on article 28 of the constitutional declaration, under which the presidential elections took place.

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, claiming the elections were subject to violations and forgery.

The court ruled Thursday the HPEC decisions are final and cannot be appealed in any way.

Former president and head of the Supreme Constitutional Court Adly Mansour recused himself Monday from the case, due to a perceived conflict of interest.

A judicial source told Youm7 Monday that SCC deputy Anwar al-Assy would instead review the appeal.

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, reported the Daily News Egypt.

Shafiq was appointed as Prime Minister of Egypt on January 29, 2011 by then-President Hosni Mubarak. His appointment was part of a Cabinet reshuffle aimed at quelling rising public unrest and demonstrations, that eventually led to Mubarak’s exit.

Additional reporting by Ibrahim Qassem.   

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