Independent observers: Egypt election included many violations
Independent observers of Egypt's general election conveyed on Monday that both rounds contained many violations, including violence and fraud. "Both rounds of elections witnessed violence in the presence of security which directly resulted in the death of a number of citizens, the exclusion of candidates and their representatives, and attacks" on independent monitors, the Independent Coalition for Elections' Observation said in a statement, cited by AFP.
"Polling stations and ballot counting premises have become breeding grounds for forging ballot cards and manipulation of the will of voters... This was especially apparent during the second round," the Egyptian monitoring group conveyed.
"Serious challenges now strongly surround the legitimacy of the People's Assembly if it is formed according to the announced results of the parliamentary elections held on 28 November and 5 December 2010."
Sunday's runoff saw candidates from the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) running mostly against members of the same party after Egypt's two main opposition movements, the Muslim Brotherhood and the liberal Wafd party, pull out of the race.