Election Commission rejects Sabbahi’s appeal of results
Hamdeen Sabbahi
 

The Presidential Election Commission (PEC) rejected Hamdeen Sabbahi’s appeal against the initial election results and turnout numbers, which give his rival Abdel Fattah al-Sisi a sweeping victory, state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper reported.

The PEC said the defeated candidate’s appeals do not have substantial grounds.

Inspections of polling stations that Sabbahi appealed against have dismissed his complaints, Al-Ahram said.

Sabbahi appealed against the numbers of votes reported at certain polling stations, the campaigning inside polling stations, the removal of some of his campaign’s observers from polling stations, and the extending of the vote for a third day.

In a press conference on Thursday, Sabbahi said that he did not trust the voter turnout numbers circulated by state authorities. The PEC had said that the turnout reached 47.3 percent.

“I say to the people whom I respect: We discredit these numbers, we will not give credibility to the declared turnout numbers. These numbers are an insult to Egyptians’ intelligence,” he said.

The PEC’s surprise decision on Tuesday night to keep the polls open for a third day on Wednesday, mostly due to low turnout, provoked doubts as to the credibility of the electoral process.

Sabbahi said that the campaign withdrew its observers on the third day for fear of their safety, but stayed in the election for fear of the country’s safety.

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