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Egyptian election had less fraud than in past votes, rights groups say

[JURIST] The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) [advocacy website] issued a joint report with 21 other rights groups Saturday on last week's Egyptian presidential elections [JURIST news archive], concluding that although up to 15 percent of the votes cast may be questionable, there was lass fraud in Egypt's first ever contested elections than in past ballots. Monitors reported widespread fraud and violations [JURIST report] during Wednesday's election and a losing candidate has alleged fraud in the vote count, but EOHR said that the amount of fraud would not be enough to over turn the victory of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [official profile; Wikipedia profile]. One of the main problems during Wednesday's vote was that groups of voters were bused to polling stations and were allowed to cast ballots without showing registration. The EOHR also reported low voter turnout, saying that actual turnout was likely less than the official figure of 23 percent. AP has more.

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