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Cablegate: Results of Shura Council Run-Off Elections: And

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INFO RUEHXK/ARAB ISRAELI COLLECTIVE
RUEHEE/ARAB LEAGUE COLLECTIVE

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TAGS: PGOV PREL KDEM EG
SUBJECT: RESULTS OF SHURA COUNCIL RUN-OFF ELECTIONS: AND
THE WINNER IS ... THE NDP

REF: A. CAIRO 1823

B. CAIRO 1717

1. (SBU) On June 19, Egypt's Supreme Electoral Commission
(SEC) announced the results of the June 18 Shura Council
run-off elections, in which the remaining seventeen seats of
the upper parliamentary chamber were contested (out of the
total 88 seats up for election this year). Fourteen National
Democratic Party (NDP) candidates won run-off races, two
"independents" (who are reportedly affiliated with the NDP)
also won, and another NDP-affiliated "independent" won in an
uncontested race (as the official NDP candidate dropped his
candidacy immediately prior to the second round of voting).
All thirty-one candidates contesting the June 18 second round
races were either official NDP candidates or NDP-affiliated
independents. Taken with the results of the June 11 main
elections (ref A) and the eleven NDP candidates who won seats
without election (because there were no other candidates in
their races; see ref B for details), the results of the
elections overall are that 84 NDP candidates, three
"independents", and one Taggamu Party candidate emerged
victorious. (Note: 88 seats of the 264-member Shura Council
were up for election, and an additional 44 members will be
appointed shortly by President Hosni Mubarak, in accordance
with the constitutional requirement that fifty-percent of the
total membership of the Council be renewed, either by
election of appointment, every three years). The new
membership of the Shura Council is scheduled to convene on
June 24, to elect a speaker and two deputies.

2. (SBU) Other than a few minor scuffles between voters, no
violence was reported in relation to the second round of
voting. Reports from civil society monitors indicate limited
irregularities similar to those occurring during the June 11
first round, including security services blocking voters'
access to polling stations, prevention of registered
observers from monitoring the casting of votes, and the late
opening and early closing of polling stations. Independent
Egyptian newspaper Al Masry Al Yom reported on June 19 that
approximately 100 NDP members in the countryside district of
Minya submitted collective resignations "in protest against
the rigging of the June 18 elections and forging of ballots"
in favor of the NDP candidate running for the "professionals"
Shura seat, and the retired lieutenant police colonel who ran
for the "farmers" seat as an NDP-affiliated independent.
According to the newspaper's report, two minibuses,
accompanied by a police car, visited Minya polling stations
and placed stacks of ballots marked in favor of the two
candidates into ballot boxes.

3. (SBU) The SEC made no announcement regarding estimated
voter turnout on June 18. Civil society monitors estimate
turnout at between 1-5 percent.
JONES

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