There can be no democratic outcome without a democratic process.
Egypt continues to reel in the unknown. The Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Mohamed Mursi has claimed victory with 52 per cent of the vote while Ahmed Shafiq, the Military SCAF’s preferred candidate dismissed such claims stating that he was in the lead with 51 per cent of the vote. (Meet the Candidates: http://english.ahram.org.eg/Elections2011/Meet-the-candidates/36/124/0.aspx)
The voting margin is just over 887,000 votes out of 25.5 million votes cast.
According to the Judges for Egypt, a group of Egyptian reformist judges who helped monitor the recently-concluded runoffs, Mursi’s held victory with 13,238,335 votes against 12,351,310 for military man Shafiq. This is a difference of only 887,025 votes. Less than one million. The millions of Egyptians (in Egypt and abroad) who were excluded from voting is hugely significant. The election may have been entirely different.
Inside Egypt it has not been divulged the large number of Egyptian that were not allowed to vote because they could not reach their home of birth. More than fifty percent of Egyptians have migrated from their homes of birth to cities. Millions of Egyptians work and live in areas of Egypt that are not their place of birth. Taxi drivers, laborers of every sort, and professionals have had to move wherever they have found work. These Egyptians were not allowed to vote unless they had the means and the time to travel to their place of birth to vote on June 16/17. Most could not. This was also the case during the first round of votes in which 13 candidates competed.
I for one would like to know how many millions of Egyptians were excluded from voting because of this ruling.
Furthermore, seven and half million, out of eight million, Egyptians living outside Egypt were not allowed to vote due to various administrative obstacles that most of us feel were formulated and concocted to be sure that we could not vote. If we had been allowed to vote this margin of 887,025 votes would have been considerably different.
I arrived at the Egyptian Consulate in Los Angeles last December 2011 with my up-to-date Egyptian passport, my father’s Egyptian birth certificate, my own birth certificate, my Egyptian ID card and my American passport and ID. This was not enough. I was not allowed to register to vote because I did not have the “new” Egyptian ID which contains a smart chip. I had not been to Egypt since it was issued. This was the case of millions of Egyptian living outside Egypt. I know of other reports of those who did have the “new” Egyptian ID but were unable to vote because the lines were too long and the poles closed before they reached the front of the line. Others were excluded because they were traveling and were not allowed to vote unless they were home.
These concocted administrative obstacles have determined much of the election results from the very beginning. The difference in votes between Mursi, Shafiq and Sabahi in the first round was between 200-300,000. These are insignificant compared to the 7.5 Million Egyptians aboard that could not vote.
I doubt seriously that Mursi and Shafiq would have been the top two finalists had Egyptians abroad been able to vote in the first round. I believe that had we been able to vote we would have seen others (Hamdeen Sabbahi, Amr Moussa, Khaled Ali and others) seriously vying for the two top spots. This would have changed the entire election from the get go.
This election has been a fraud from the very beginning and should be declared so by both the internal and external monitoring groups as well as the Judges for Egypt.