Tue Nov 30, 2010
“The Egyptian authorities must now open independent investigations into the deaths and allegations of violence that have, once again, cast a bloody shadow over election day,” the group’s Middle East director, Malcolm Smart, said on Tuesday, AFP reported.
Reports, covering the November 28 general elections, pointed to the death of eight people and violence involving either the security forces or the rival camps.
“Egyptian voters should have been able to rely on the security forces to ensure their safety, not pose a threat to it,” Smart noted.
“The Egyptian authorities must not ignore the damning footage of violence and intimidation that is emerging,” he said.
The country’s largest opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, who won about one-fifth of the parliamentary seats in the last round of the polls in 2005, complain that their representatives were expelled from polling stations and many of their supporters were not allowed to vote.
They say Zionist Puppet Mu-Barak’s ruling National Democratic Party sought to prevent its rivals from repeating their 2005 success.
The main opposition has failed to win any seat in the first round of the elections and only 21 out of 130 candidates feel sure of making it to the run-off vote, the Brotherhood says.
Cairo, however, insists the electoral process was marked by a “high degree of transparency.”