CAIRO: The Nidaa Misr coalition announced its withdrawal from the second phase of Egypt’s parliamentary elections in objection to “violations that marred the electoral process.”
“The first phase of elections witnessed political deception exercised by a number of individual candidates and electoral lists, with the help of several media outlets,” the coalition Secretary-General Hisham Anani stated in a news conference Saturday.
The coalition has already filed complaints to the administrative court to appeal the results of the elections, said Annani, describing the first phase of the parliament elections that was carried out last week as an “electoral farce.”
The Nidaa Misr, meaning “Call of Egypt,” coalition includes several political parties including the Egyptian Revolution Party and the Arab Party for Justice and Equality.
The coalition’s list in Upper Egypt lost against the For Love of Egypt’s which swept the elections in both Upper Egypt and West Delta regions.
The second phase of elections will be held on Nov. 21 and 22 for voters abroad and on Nov. 22 and 23 for domestic voters. Run-offs will be held Dec. 1 and 2.