2nd Ikwanweb’s report: "NDP drafts votes for its advocates
|Tuesday, April 8,2008 12:52|
Although the National Democratic Party (NDP) left no other competitors in the local elections taking place today, hundreds of the NDP members are drafting votes for the NDP candidates after the very poor turnout of voters.
In Buhairah governorate, dozens of General Transport buses transferred the employees to the ballots to draft votes in favor of the NDP. Such an event was repeated in Damietta, Daqahlia, Alexandria, Isma`iliya, Qena, and al-Menia as confirmed by our correspondents.
There are many ballot centers that remained closed till 10 am despite determining 8 am for them to begin; as happened in tens of ballot centers in Damietta and Daqahlia.
In Tukh city- Qaliubiyah, the security forces withdrew the micro-buses licenses and kept them since yesterday to be used in transferring the voters, employees, prosecutors, and officials to the ballot centers.
The drivers stressed that the seized vehicles mounted nearly 100 ones; they were threatened of not restoring their licenses if not obeying the security forces in moving the voters to ballot centers.
As for al-Mahalla city that witnessed the hottest strike in Egypt day before yesterday, many sources stressed that the NDP candidates withdrew from the local elections in al- Mahalla al-Kubra city in favor of other candidates related to al-Wafd, Al-Ghad, Al-Jeel Parties, or others in an attempt to relief the discontent of the people there after clashes between the citizens and security forces.
A while ago, eight NDP candidates withdrew from the elections in al-Mahalla amidst expectations of other withdrawals.
Several sources stressed that the NDP leader ordered the ballot centers allover Egypt to be closed at 2 pm to begin drafting votes in favor of the NDP candidates due to poor turnout for elections. Moreover, in Damietta, Isma`iliya, and Cairo, there was no voters coming to the ballots!