Ballot-box politics: What has pushed Egypt’s opposition to vote ‘no’?

Source: Madamasr

Author(s): Hadeer El-Mahdawy

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Thirty-three-year-old human rights lawyer Mahienour El-Massry could not make up her mind about what to do in the referendum on the new constitutional amendments. She was torn between boycotting and voting “no.”

Then she found out that she had been barred from participating due to her previous arrest during a demonstration, even though she had no formal charges that should prevent her from voting.

She now believes that the amendments “are the death knell for the January revolution” of 2011, and that a “yes” or “no” vote would amount to the same thing. Yet she had been leaning toward voting “no.” It would be an “action and a message that we are still alive.”

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