Egypt constitution: Near-64% backing

2012-12-25 21:01

Cairo - Egypt's constitution was passed with 63.8 percent voter support in the two-stage referendum that ended last weekend, the national electoral commission said on Tuesday.

Turnout was 32.9% of Egypt's total 52 million voters, the president of the commission, Samir Abul Maati, told a news conference in Cairo.

The figures confirmed those given by President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, which had backed the new charter.

Abul Maati rejected opposition claims that fake judges supervised some of the polling - one of several allegations of polling fraud the opposition National Salvation Front made after each leg of the referendum held 15 and 22 December.

The charter, and Morsi's determination to hold the referendum without building consensus, provoked weeks of protests, some of which turned violent.

The Front has said it will not cease its struggle, raising the prospect of prolonged instability in the Arab world's most populous nation.

  • george.ellis.902 - 2012-12-26 03:09

    Only 33% voted, that is not the same as a 63% win, fail reporting once again...

      Wikus Erasmus - 2012-12-26 07:53

      Logic fail I'm afraid... That's how democracy works. Not that you have to like it.

      Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-12-26 08:00

      What it simply means is that 33% of the population voted in the referendum. Of those who participated, just nearly 64% voted in favour.

      markus.ippy - 2012-12-26 10:11

      33 percent of elegible people voted .of these 33 percent 63 percent voted for it. That's not bad reporting , that's is bad numeracy and literacy on your side .

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-12-26 07:40

    Presumably 21% of the entire voting population voted Yes and 12% No, making up the 33% turnout. If we assume that all the non-Islam voting population (4%) voted no, then the Islam population eligible to vote divides 71% stay-at-home, 21% for Yes, 8% for No

  • Rashida Patel - 2012-12-26 07:57

    Whatever percentage voted , majority win. Stay aways cannot complain! If you didn't like , you should have gone and marked it so ! Eessh,whingers !

  • annie.israel.50 - 2012-12-26 12:52

    OH DEAR, just another DICTATOR in the making!! On June 30th "first democratically elected leader" = "Muslim Brotherhood"??? WHAT A BLUDDY JOKE!! so many different names for Muslims - The people of Egypt does not like this man and i most definitely do not trust him (Morsi got barely a quarter of the vote in the first round of voting, May 2012 and in June's two-man runoff, morsi squeaked through with 51.7% of the vote = He is just another Muburak

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