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Egypt: Court to mull lawsuits against Prez polls

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 16:15

Cairo: Egypt`s State Council`s Administrative Court has referred lawsuits demanding the nullification of the Presidential Election`s first round results to the court commissioners for a legal opinion.

The commissioners` role is consultative and their opinions are not binding.

Former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi filed a lawsuit demanding that the first round results and the runoff between former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq and Freedom and Justice Party head Mohamed Morsy be cancelled on the grounds that the first round lacked "full judicial supervision and the electoral process was rife with mistakes and fraud”.

The court yesterday also referred a lawsuit filed by a lawyer stating that Morsy should be eliminated from the race because his sons are Americans.

According to the suit, the runoff would then be held between Shafiq and third place contestant Sabbahi.

Another lawsuit demanded that Shafiq be disqualified from the runoff because the Supreme Constitutional Court is still considering the constitutionality of the Political Isolation Law, which, if applied, would strip Shafiq of his political rights, including the right to hold high office.

The suit states that if Shafiq won the case then the court declared the law constitutional and it was applied, Shafiq`s presidency would be illegal.

Meanwhile, Muslim Brotherhoods candidate Morsy`s supporters staged a protest yesterday in front of the Elections Commission, demanding a copy of the registered voters to ensure that no fraud would take place in the runoff.

In another development, Islamic Jihad leaders announced their support to Shafiq. They also announced that the movement will launch a political party called Democratic Jihad.


First Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 16:15
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