Concerns of voting irregularities in Egypt as dye wears off

2011-03-19 14:52

Cairo – Concerns emerged in Egypt today after the pink dye used to indicate that a vote had already been cast quickly dissipated off the fingers of thousands of voters, giving people the chance to vote more than once.

But according to a judge overseeing the voting inside a polling station in Cairo’s poorer neighbourhood of Shobra el-Kheima, there was little cause for concern.

“We are overseeing everything from beginning to end, including the counting of the votes. There has been no fraud or rigging here,” the judge told the German Press Agency dpa.

A witness, however, told dpa that she saw an election official inside the same polling site ticking the ballot for a voter who said she did not know how to vote.

The man ticked the “yes” circle for the woman, which agrees to amendment changes to the current constitution.

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