12 sentenced to 3 yrs in prison for ‘hampering voters’ in 2014 presidential poll
An Egyptian man displays the voting paper - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Twelve people who allegedly belong to the Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison for “preventing voters from casting their votes,” Youm7 reported.

A court specialized in “terrorism crimes” in Sharqia, the Delta, issued the sentence, ruling that the defendants possessed publications that call for boycotting the elections, resorted to force with the police and prevented citizens from voting during the 2014 presidential elections. The sentence may be appealed.

Thousands of pro-Muslim Brotherhood citizens have been jailed since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi won the elections at a percentage of 96.9 against Popular Current founder Hamdeen Sabahi.  The turnout recorded 47.5 percent of registered voters in the three-day poll, according to the High Elections Committee.

In the first round of the 2012 presidential election, 13 candidates were competing with each other. Sabbahi won the majority of votes in Cairo, Alexandria and three other governorates out of Egypt’s 27 governorates. He ranked third after former President Morsi and former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq with 20.7 percent of the vote.

A total of 47 percent of registered voters cast their votes in the 2012 presidential election.

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