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Video: Stuffing ballots
Here’s a video of government officials in Belqas, stuffing ballots in yesterday’s glorious referendum… Also, the Sandmonkey called in to say he was so excited about the carnival of democracy the country is witnessing, so he voted
Wednesday, March 28,2007 00:00
by Hossam el-Hamalawy, 3arabawy

Here’s a video of government officials in Belqas, stuffing ballots in yesterday’s glorious referendum…

Also, the Sandmonkey called in to say he was so excited about the carnival of democracy the country is witnessing, so he voted three times yesterday in three different polling stations…

UPDATE: And here’s another monitoring report…

The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights
The Second Report: March 27, 2007
Referendum Day: Half a Kilo of Meat is the Price for Egypt’s Future
“Half a kilo of meat for each vote,” NDP members announced from cars in El-Gazar Kafer, Banha and Qalubeya, in order to increase the number of voters on the referendum. Despite their efforts, the poling places were quiet all day in Cairo, Giza and Qalubeya.
Many indicators recorded by ECWR’s poll monitors showed that the opposition’s boycott succeeded. Voting was extremely light, despite a big effort by the NDP to bring voters to the polls using all the state’s resources.
The results of monitoring were as follows:
Cairo Governorate:
Women and men civil servants were taken by government buses displaying the banners of the schools voting, such as:
- Omr Ebn Abdel Aziz primary school, El-Mahata street, bus no 90879
- El-Tarbya El-Fekraya school, Mansour street 90873, El-Tegara school, Ragheb Street, Bus no 92389
- Men and youth were gathered in El-Khoulfa’a El-Rashdeen Preparatory School for Boys in Roksy by representatives and members in NDP and were cheering the NDP
- Many buses took men and women in district 24, polling place 1061 in Helwan, which showed a higher number of voters in comparison to other polling places

Giza Governorate:
- ECWR monitors reported bussing of voters from the media collage and the University Student Housing in government buses no 50233, 50234, and 10725 in Giza
- The NDP took control of the Aziz El-Masry school, where women voters’ numbers reached 56 and men’s 500 by 11:45 am
- Women were gathered by force to vote in El-Sadat preparatory school
- El-Saf Preparatory School for Boys and El-Saf Preparatory School for Girls showed very little voting
- Female and male teachers were gathered from El-Omranya School, and from private schools such as Al Zaied in bus no 582 and the El-Fada’al Islamic privet school in buses no 13339 and the Nile Private School in buses no 298. Also the ballot box in El-Omranya School was marked as full although there were very few voters
- 2000 students (most of them female) were gathered to vote in El-Sa’adaya school in Giza and El-Basaten El-Zera’aya polling place and they stayed in the polling place for one hour
- The NDP gathered women to vote in the polling places for people from other governorates (wafideen) in the El-Khadawy Secondary School no 62, and did not require them to mark their fingers with ink
- Women were gathered by local council members in bus no 1720 to vote in El-Omranya distract, Osman Ebn Afan polling places and El-Omranya in Sharkaya
- There was little voting in polling places 9, 11 and 12 in El-Nagah El-Fekraya school, and El-Kadasya Primary School in El-Moatamdaya. 6 out of 15 polling places didn’t open until 12 pm and they closed early at 3 pm. These places received only 1200 to 1400 votes.
El-Qalubeya Governorate:
- El Ghazl and El-Naseeg Investing Company gathered 30 voters to vote in a private car no 51743
- Civil servants were gathered to vote in front of the 15 May School. El-Tara’a Preparatory School for girls has 4 polling places for women and there was light voting in front of the supervisors of the polling places
- In Banha, the El-Kadima School for Boys and Girls in El-Gazar Kafr, polling place no 99, the polling place closed at 5:45 pm and the supervisor refused to allow ECWR to monitor or to enter the poling place and said the voting was finished
The New Gamgara School polling place was closed at 6 pm, and the polling place at Mohammed Abdou School closed also closed at 5 pm and they started counting the votes at that time.

The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights

The Second Report: March 27, 2007

Referendum Day: Half a Kilo of Meat is the Price for Egypt’s Future

 

“Half a kilo of meat for each vote,” NDP members announced from cars in El-Gazar Kafer, Banha and Qalubeya, in order to increase the number of voters on the referendum. Despite their efforts, the poling places were quiet all day in Cairo, Giza and Qalubeya.

 

Many indicators recorded by ECWR’s poll monitors showed that the opposition’s boycott succeeded. Voting was extremely light, despite a big effort by the NDP to bring voters to the polls using all the state’s resources.

 

The results of monitoring were as follows:

 

Cairo Governorate:

Women and men civil servants were taken by government buses displaying the banners of the schools voting, such as:

-        Omr Ebn Abdel Aziz primary school, El-Mahata street, bus no 90879

-        El-Tarbya El-Fekraya school, Mansour street 90873, El-Tegara school, Ragheb Street, Bus no 92389

-        Men and youth were gathered in El-Khoulfa’a El-Rashdeen Preparatory School for Boys in Roksy by representatives and members in NDP and were cheering the NDP

-        Many buses took men and women in district 24, polling place 1061 in Helwan, which showed a higher number of voters in comparison to other polling places

 

Giza Governorate:

-         ECWR monitors reported bussing of voters from the media collage and the University Student Housing in government buses no 50233, 50234, and 10725 in Giza

-         The NDP took control of the Aziz El-Masry school, where women voters’ numbers reached 56 and men’s 500 by 11:45 am

-         Women were gathered by force to vote in El-Sadat preparatory school

-         El-Saf Preparatory School for Boys and El-Saf Preparatory School for Girls showed very little voting

-         Female and male teachers were gathered from El-Omranya School, and from private schools such as Al Zaied in bus no 582 and the El-Fada’al Islamic privet school in buses no 13339 and the Nile Private School in buses no 298. Also the ballot box in El-Omranya School was marked as full although there were very few voters

-         2000 students (most of them female) were gathered to vote in El-Sa’adaya school in Giza and El-Basaten El-Zera’aya polling place and they stayed in the polling place for one hour

-         The NDP gathered women to vote in the polling places for people from other governorates (wafideen) in the El-Khadawy Secondary School no 62, and did not require them to mark their fingers with ink

-         Women were gathered by local council members in bus no 1720 to vote in El-Omranya distract, Osman Ebn Afan polling places and El-Omranya in Sharkaya

-         There was little voting in polling places 9, 11 and 12 in El-Nagah El-Fekraya school, and El-Kadasya Primary School in El-Moatamdaya. 6 out of 15 polling places didn’t open until 12 pm and they closed early at 3 pm. These places received only 1200 to 1400 votes.

 

El-Qalubeya Governorate:

-         El Ghazl and El-Naseeg Investing Company gathered 30 voters to vote in a private car no 51743

-         Civil servants were gathered to vote in front of the 15 May School. El-Tara’a Preparatory School for girls has 4 polling places for women and there was light voting in front of the supervisors of the polling places

-         In Banha, the El-Kadima School for Boys and Girls in El-Gazar Kafr, polling place no 99, the polling place closed at 5:45 pm and the supervisor refused to allow ECWR to monitor or to enter the poling place and said the voting was finished

The New Gamgara School polling place was closed at 6 pm, and the polling place at Mohammed Abdou School closed also closed at 5 pm and they started counting the votes at that time        

 

Arabawey Blog

Via Sandmonkey, although I think they were originally posted by Wael Abbas.

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