Amidst a boycott of the opposition, great reluctance of Egyptians, and exciting neglect on social media; Today, Sunday, Egypt concludes the first phase of the House of Representatives elections, which witnessed massive vote-buying and attempts to mobilize voters through intimidation and enticement.
The Egyptian authorities organize elections in two phases. The first took place yesterday and today in 14 provinces; Including Giza and Alexandria, the second phase is scheduled to take place on the seventh and eighth of next November in 13 governorates, including the capital, Cairo.
Like the Senate elections last month, the Future Watan Party pre-dominates the seats in the House of Representatives, whether through a list called the “National List”, which includes the most prominent supporters of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s regime, or through the security services’ interventions to recommend candidates and exclude others.
The spread of vote-buying and the widespread use of Sisi money prompted the “Egypt Call” list to seek help from the President of the Republic and to submit a report to the National Elections Authority.
A statement by the list – which competes with the “Future of a Nation” list – said, “We are sorry and pained to raise a serious matter to your sovereignty, as there is an unprecedented approach and manipulation in many committees, fraud in favor of the national list, the blackening of electoral cards on the lists, and marked complicity within the committees, and explicit instructions for voting.” For the National List. “
The statement listed the violations. Such as withdrawing candidates’ phones with the aim of deleting records documenting violations, detaining some of them in committees, as well as expelling some of the list’s delegates, and preventing them from exercising their rights guaranteed by the constitution and the law.
He added, “What prompted us to this appeal is not a concern for chairs or a search for positions, but rather a fear of eliminating the hope of Egyptians for political change through free and fair elections, which pushes everyone into a dark tunnel and hides the hope that the call of Egypt may revive.”
The interesting thing is that the talk about political money and security control in the elections did not come as usual from the opposition at home or abroad. Rather, the days leading up to the elections witnessed criticism from supporters of the regime, such as the speech of Mortada Mansour, President of Zamalek Club and candidate for Parliament, about the millions of pounds paid by the candidates.
Regarding the security control over the elections, Doaa Khalifa, a former official in the “Tamarod Movement” spoke about the role of Officer Ahmed Shaban, director of the office of intelligence chief Abbas Kamel, in this regard.
The broadcaster, who is close to the security services, Abdul Rahim Ali, also criticized political money in the elections, and two days later he was exposed to an abusive audio leakage, and activists said that the leak is a punishment for him after he dared to criticize the elections.
The American Associated Press suggested that the current elections would lead to the House of Representatives without opposition, where it is dominated by Sisi’s supporters, which gives more legitimacy to the Egyptian president’s policies, and gives the former military general almost unchecked powers, according to the agency’s description.
About 63 million voters, out of the population of 100 million people, were invited to vote in these elections, to choose 568 deputies out of 596 members in the House of Representatives, with Sisi appointing the remaining representatives.
More than 4,000 candidates are competing in the elections for 284 seats out of 568 by the single system, and 8 lists are competing for 284 seats in the party list system.
The Egyptian regime is afraid of a repeat of the embarrassment it was subjected to last month, following the Egyptians ’reluctance to vote in the Senate elections.
Despite the widespread disregard for the electoral process on social media, tweeters circulated videos showing vote buying in front of the electoral committees.
Activists and politicians condemned the spread of political money in the elections, with the aim of controlling the electoral process and pushing citizens to participate and vote for specific people.
The clips showed attempts by some candidates to prevent the sale of votes and stop the distribution of money and vouchers.
Egyptian regime loyalists launched the tag “Mai Mahmoud insults the people” to attack the candidate Mai Mahmoud for portraying electoral vote-buying practices.
Source : Al Jazeera + Sanad Service + Social Media + Agencies