Losing Egyptian opposition candidate claims fraud in vote count

[JURIST] Ayman Nour [Wikipedia profile], the main rival to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [official profile; Wikipedia profile] in Wednesday's multi-party election, said Saturday that the vote-counting process which resulted in Mubarak's officially-declared victory [JURIST report] Friday with a certified 88.6% of the vote was fraudulent, and that 10-15% of the votes for Mubarak were themselves frauds. The official Presidental Election Commission [BBC backgrounder] has insisted, however, that the vote was fair. Some 150 demonstrators took to the streets of Cairo Saturday to protest the poll [Aljazeera report]. Even though the ruling of the election commission on the vote count is deemed final, Nour said his party will continue to dispute the result in the courts and also will fight for parlimentary seats in upcoming November legislative elections. Reuters has more.



 

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