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The results of the individual candidates’ portion of the elections will be announced Wednesday, while the civil advisory council will be formed in the next few days, said Egypt’s press Wednesday.
Newspapers added that police officer Mohamed al-Shenawy is still in Egypt, while a court acquitted another officer of killing peaceful demonstrators during the January 25 Revolution.

Sources said that Prime Minister-Designate Kamal el-Ganzouri formed his government that will be announced Wednesday. It is also scheduled that the 15-member civil advisory council will be announced Wednesday.

Political expert and parliamentary candidate Amr Hamzawy accused the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of Muslim Brotherhood (MB), of working to tarnish his image in front of the residents of his constituency by spreading lies against him.

He added that he holds the legal right to prosecute those who targeted his personality by spreading rumors to affect his electoral campaign.

A security source in Egypt’s Interior Ministry said that Mohamed al-Shenawy, the officer who targeted the eyes of demonstrators during the recent protests that erupted in Tahrir Square, has not escaped from Egypt.

The source added that Egypt’s airports and ports have been instructed to prevent the Egyptian officer from leaving the country.

Shenawy fled his home, fearing threats that he received. Sources said that the officer expressed his readiness to surrender himself to the Public Prosecution for investigations.

Hamdy Badeen, a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, said that the first stage of parliamentary elections raised optimism among the Egyptian people. He added that the elections have not seen notable violations to affect the democratic experience of the past two days.

He added that despite fears of potential violent clashes, the elections did not witness any violence. He praised the notable turnout, which reflected the deep awareness of Egyptian people of the importance of such elections that will pave the way to a serious democratic transformation.
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All liberal and Islamic movements will be represented in the civil advisory council, said sources, adding that it will include potential presidential candidates such as Amr MoussaMohamed al-Baradei, and Abdel Moniem Aboul Fotouh.

They added that the ruling military council accepted the council’s formation to ease the anger of revolutionary and political powers in the Egyptian street. The council will provide advice to the military rulers and to coordinate with the government in political and economic affairs.

The ruling military council is scheduled to hold a meeting Wednesday to discuss the structure of the council and the role that it should play during the current critical period.

Ahmed Abou Baraka, a leader in the Freedom and Justice Party, said that the party’s electoral lists achieved notable progress in different governorates and a number of Arab and European countries.

He added that the party has not obtained any votes from Egyptians in Israel, while the Egyptian Bloc gained a large number of votes there.

Ashraf Abdel Wahab, an official in Egypt’s Administrative Development Ministry, said that they received 22 million inquires during the first stage of Egypt’s parliamentary elections.

Mohamed Saad Eliwa, an official in the Central Operations Room of the Freedom and Justice Party, said that the electoral process witnessed a state of security in different governorates. He added that they expect to obtain at least 35 percent of the vote.

The operations room of the Free Egyptians Party monitored that the judges did not go to the polling station at “New Torah School,” although the voters waited in front of station for a long time. It also noted the weak presence of security and military forces around polling stations.

The party also strongly criticized the violations committed by the Freedom and Justice Party. The Free Egyptians said the FJP resumed electoral campaigns in different governorates, especially Helwan, Port Said, and Alexandria, despite the decision issued by the Supreme Electoral Committee to ban electoral campaigns during the vote.
Controversy was raised among a number of Islamic scholars after Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, called on voters to accept electoral bribes from candidates without voting for them Tuesday.

Potential presidential candidate Mohamed Selim al-Awa called the poor to accept such offers, but demanded they vote for suitable candidates, not those who paid the bribes.

Alaa Aboul Azayem, head of the Sufi Reform Front, rejected the Fatwa, considering those who accept such bribes as sinners like those who provide bribes to gain more votes.

Dr. Sabry Abdel Raouf called the people to accept such offers without voting for those who offer them, to prevent bribes in the next elections.

Potential presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi, praised the Egyptian people who insisted on expressing their opinions freely through parliamentary elections.

He said that Egyptians know how to express themselves, so they can choose those people who can represent them, regardless of the trend that will gain the majority.

Sabbahi said that he did not vote in al-Borolos, but would vote in the second stage in Giza.

Sabbahi was keen to spend the first stage of the parliamentary elections with his family in Kafr el-Sheikh.


 Originally published on Youm7 English

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