By: Rana Mamdouh
Cairo – The official results of the first round of Egypt’s constitutional referendum have yet to be released, but arguments over the outcome have already begun. Forces opposed to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) insist that voters rejected the draft constitution by 66 percent. Morsi’s supporters, on the other hand, insist that the result was in their favor with 56.55 percent approving the constitution.
These contradictory reports come amidst silence from the supreme committee charged with supervising the constitutional referendum. Officials maintain that results will not be disclosed until the second round of voting, scheduled to take place next Saturday, 22 December 2012.
The numerous violations and irregularities reported during election day prompted civil political forces to protest again today in Tahrir Square and even in front of al-Ittihadiya presidential palace. From there, protesters headed to the headquarters of the supreme committee for supervising the constitutional referendum and demanded a re-vote. Read the rest of this entry »