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Administrative Court looks into elections database forgery

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A former member of parliament brought attention to an alleged 14 million increase in the number of voters, claiming voters do not exist

Ibrahim Kamel, a former Member of Parliament, said 14 million names had been added to the database of Egyptian voters. (DNE/ Hassan Ibrahim)

Ibrahim Kamel, a former Member of Parliament, said 14 million names had been added to the database of Egyptian voters.
(DNE/ Hassan Ibrahim)

Part of a case alleging 14 million names on the voters’ database were forged was heard in the Administrative Court on Tuesday.

Ibrahim Kamel, a former Member of Parliament, said 14 million names had been added to the database of Egyptian voters.

Kamel appeared on air with talk show host Ibrahim Eissa on Sunday night. He claimed that someone accessed the original voter database at the Ministry of Interior and added names to the list before returning it to the ministry.

Kamel said that, according to July 2011 statistics from the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics, only 37 miillion Egyptians are eligible to vote.

Kamel said the Supreme Electoral Committee said 51 million Egyptians are eligible to vote, giving a 14 million difference.  He said that the additional voters were participating in both parliamentary and presidential elections.

Hamdy Al-Fakharny, a lawyer working on the case, said that his name was repeated hundreds of times in the voting database. He said that documents demonstrating the repetition of some names were given to the court.

He added that the voting irregularities nullified the election results.

Constitutional expert Mohamed Noor Farahat said that if the court finds that there are additional names in the database, then the elections and referendums in which forged votes were involved are invalid.


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