Egypt Independent

Elections commission postpones Shafiq challenge



The Presidential Elections Commission has postponed a review of Egypt's 2012 election procedures, following a challenge filed by former presidential candidate, Ahmed Shafiq.

The committee postponed the ruling after the brother of its chair, Maher al-Beheiry, reportedly passed away Tuesday.

Beheiry also leads Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC).

Shafiq filed the challenge over 2012's elections which brought his rival, now-president Mohamed Morsy, to power.

Shafiq had appealed the commission's decision which announced that President Mohamed Morsy had won the presidential race in June 2012.

On Tuesday the commission listened to Shawki al-Sayed, Shafiq's lawyer, who has demanded a re-run of the second round of elections.

Sayed had told Al-Masry Al-Youm that he demanded the commission review the letters it sent to and received from the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) between 17 and 24 June 2012. He claimed that the letters urged the announcement of election results be postponed.

Sayed said that he also called on the commission to request the Egyptian Central Bank disclose transfers worth 110 million Kuwaiti dinars from foreign countries to Islamist groups, claiming the money was used to tip the electoral process in Morsy's favour.

Shafiq's lawyer pointed to allegations that electoral fraud, including preventing people from voting and manipulating voting cards at printing houses, should be considered in the case.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm