Egypt: 'Yes' vote seen as being ahead

2012-12-16 10:40

Cairo - A majority of Egyptians who cast their ballots in a referendum have backed the country's draft constitution, according to unofficial results published on Sunday.

Voters turned out up in big numbers in Cairo and in most of the 10 provinces where a first round of voting was held on Saturday.

The state-run Al Akhbar newspaper reported that 59% of the votes counted so far were in favour of the Islamist-backed constitution.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party put that figure at 57%.

President Mohammed Morsi's Brotherhood and its Islamist allies have campaigned heavily for the draft constitution, arguing that it is necessary to fast-track the transition from Hosni Mubarak's authoritarian rule.

The opposition, which has complained of irregularities during the vote, says the charter could undermine political rights and sideline minorities.

With voters queuing for hours in front of polling stations, monitors said the polling was marred by a number of violations, including mass voting, lack of full judicial oversight and illegal canvassing.

The official result is to be announced after the second and final round of voting takes place in the country's remaining 17 provinces on 22 December.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-16 10:54

    . After thirty years of dictatorship and tyranny, great to see democracy in progress !!!!

  • azizanana.ngoiepado - 2012-12-16 11:10

    Yes' vote seen as being ahead. ooh Africa

  • Raymon - 2012-12-16 12:10

    As predicted, Egypt is moving towards Sharia. We are witnessing the rise of yet another threat to freedom...

  • toofaan.monsoon - 2012-12-16 13:29

    Egyptians could have voted against Morsi in the presidential bid. Too late now. Make your bed. Lie in it. No good will ever come from voting for someone based on religion. It's as daft as voting ANC just because of your skin colour. The faithful will only learn when they fall (Egypt and SA). Egypt is a beautiful country, but is on its way downhill I fear.

  • Ali Amir Bamcolo - 2012-12-16 14:37

    glory be to Allah..Egyptians realized that the only way to bring the nation into salvation is to apply sharia law..hoppin to be in all other muslim countries .secular system is no good for Muslims nation..the Quran is sufficient for guidance!

      avremel.niselow - 2012-12-16 17:27

      Yes now everyone there can marry 11 year old girls and kill women for talking to strange men, you must be so happy!

  • Ali Amir Bamcolo - 2012-12-16 14:40

    glory be to Allah..yes to sharia law!

  • gavin.dandridge - 2012-12-16 19:05

    How sad. Given the chance for freedom and they choose be oppressed again.

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