Zayaty to appeal lawyer syndicate chairmanship election results over ‘fraud’
Montaser al Zayat

CAIRO: Candidate for the Lawyer’s Syndicate’s chairman position Montaser al Zayat said he will appeal the results citing “vote rigging,” Youm7 reported Monday.

Zayat garnered 17,120 votes and came second after the incumbent chairman Sameh Ashour who garnered 22,987 votes of lawyers who casted their ballots in the elections carried out Monday, head of the committee overseeing the elections Judge Ahmed Al Saadany announced Monday.

“The election was marred by forgery and foul play. The syndicate staff manipulated the voting papers in favor of the rival candidate while the committee supervising the elections was not able to ensure the impartiality of the electoral process,” Montaser said, adding he will take all legal procedures against this “farce.”

Sameh Ashour has won his fourth non-consecutive term as chairman of the syndicate.

Candidates of Muslim Brotherhood, who had won a majority of board seats in 1992,  were absent in this year’s election in which 26 runners contested for syndicate chairmanship, while 304 others ran for the board membership.

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