Voting in the dark: Ramming the constitutional amendments through

Source: Madamasr

Author(s): Rana Mamdouh

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The National Elections Authority (NEA) announced on Tuesday that the referendum on a set of major constitutional amendments, which allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to remain in office until 2030, passed by 88.8 percent with a 44.3 percent turnout.

The extensive amendments include articles related to the powers of the executive, the judiciary, the Armed Forces, reintroducing a second legislative chamber, and more. Yet the actual text was not available to voters at polling stations in Egypt or abroad. The ballots presented voters with one choice: to accept or reject all the amendments. And the NEA made no attempt to inform voters about what the amendments mean.

According to several judges who spoke to Mada Masr on condition of anonymity, not including the text of the articles on the ballot violated both the law and the Constitution.

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