Electoral fraud suspected in Saudi and South Africa

The Presidential Elections Commission on Monday said it received complaints about alleged electoral fraud during expatriate voting in the presidential runoff election in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Pretoria, South Africa.

Complaints included the lack of private voting booths and attempts by administrators and others to influence voters as they were filling out their ballots.

Former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq and Mohamed Morsy, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate, are competing in the runoff on 16 and 17 June.

Elections commission Secretary General Hatem Bagato said the ballots cast by voters abroad would be sent to Egypt in sealed envelopes to be opened in Cairo.

Bagato also said that no candidate, including those who lost in the first round, has so far been found to have received illegal foreign funding, and that they all sent statements of their campaign spending to the elections commission.

He explained that two polling stations would be added for the runoff, bringing the total to 13,099 stations nationwide.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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