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62 percent voter turnout in first round of elections

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The first round of Egypt’s parliamentary elections saw a 62 percent voter turnout, the judicial committee supervising the elections said Friday

Councilor Abdel-Moez Ibrahim, head of the Supreme Electoral Commission (SEC), said the turnout was “unprecedented,” adding that it was the “most in Egypt’s history as far back as the pharaohs, even with the forgery of the former regime.”

Out of 13,614,525 eligible voters in the nine governorates of the first round, 8,449,115 voted on Nov. 28-29.

During the brief press conference held to announce the results of the first round, Ibrahim highlighted the main complaints, stressing that the violations reported do not void the elections, while promising to avert them in the following two rounds.

The main violations including campaigning outside polling stations, long queues and lack of facilities for people with disabilities, the delay in the arrival of judges and ballots in “limited cases,” the delivery of unstamped ballots, minor incidents of violence and improper places allocated for sorting and counting the votes.


Rear-Guard Action in Durban

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The plans for a new global deal on climate change lie broken and abandoned. The usual suspects are meeting again, this time in Durban, but there is even less hope of progress than there was in Cancun last year. The shadow of the disastrous failure in Copenhagen in 2009 still looms over the proceedings like a shroud.

Indeed, even to talk of "progress" is to miss the point. All the effort in Durban is going into preventing further backsliding on the commitments that were made fourteen years ago in the Kyoto Protocol to cut the greenhouse gas emissions of the developed countries. The idea of a better, bolder treaty is dead, and even the extension of the modest Kyoto targets for emission reductions beyond 2012 is gravely in doubt.

So the real world of physics and chemistry and global heat balances will just have to wait ten or twenty years while we human beings sort out our politics and diplomacy. If it won’t wait, then we will pay a very high price indeed. How did we get into this mess?



Last Updated on Sunday, 04 December 2011 03:24

Polisario denies "false" allegations of Morocco on mass participation of Saharawis in recent Moroccan elections

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The president of the National Council , Jatri Aduho, has denied the "false" allegations of Morocco on a massive participation of the Saharawis under illegal occupation since 1975,in  recent Moroccan elections of 25 last November.
Speaking to Algeria International Radio, Jatri Aduho, said that "Morocco is always exaggerated numbers especially when it comes to the occupied territories of Western Sahara."

National Council President stated that "in addition to the massive abstention among the Saharawi population who did not participate in these elections, there were 8 000 spoiled ballots did not meet the requirements to be counted and that as a sign that the Sahrawis not want to participate in these elections,”


Remember the Saharawi people

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23 Saharawi prisoners have today, December 1, been on an indefinite hunger strike for one month, bringing awareness to the plight of the Saharawi people of Western Sahara, invaded and occupied illegally by Morocco in 1975, and who have since been denied the right to a vote to determine their future. What does the world community do? Nothing.

Morocco annexed, invaded and repopulated Western Sahara against international law in 1975 and has since refused to hold a referendum on independence or autonomy. Now there are allegations that Morocco is illegally exploiting the resources of the territory it annexed.


Congo's Vital Kamerhe leads calls to annul vote

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Four opposition candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo's election say it should be cancelled because of fraud and violence.

Many voters were unable to cast their ballots on Monday and so polling was extended until Tuesday in some areas. However, the BBC's Christophe Pons visited one such polling station in the capital, Kinshasa, and found that voting had still not taken place by Tuesday lunchtime.

Votes have been counted in some polling stations, but it is not clear when results would be announced. Election officials are only now starting to organise the transport of these results to regional tallying centres, where provisional results can be announced, correspondents say. Angry residents told him that there were 1,300 registered voters but only 100 ballot papers had been received.

Kamerhe sent a letter to the election commission and international bodies, saying the vote should be annulled.


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