Engineers challenge syndicate elections results

Members of the Engineers Syndicate have brought a lawsuit at the State Council’s Administrative Court demanding the results of the syndicate’s elections, held in November, be annulled.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate, Maged Kholousy, was elected syndicate president in the November polls. But a group of syndicate members are challenging the legitimacy of Kholousy’s candidacy and the transparency of the electoral process.

Observers had said that the elections witnessed flagrant violations by Muslim Brotherhood members. The Egyptian Engineers Against Custody, a bloc of syndicate members, have brought several legal cases demanding that the elections be rerun.

Syndicate sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm that a court agent delivered the legal petition to the Irrigation Minister, the acting syndicate head, to void the elections results.

The same sources, who asked not to be named, said the State Commissioner’s Authority is currently considering earlier lawsuits and predicted that the results will be annulled soon. The sources stressed that several violations had taken place during the polling that invalidated the results.

The lawsuit brought by Refaat Bayoumi, a former candidate for the syndicate's board and a member of Egyptian Engineers Against Custody, said Kholousy had not met candidacy terms, citing court rulings delivered against him in absentia of which he has not yet been exonerated. He said these render his presidency illegitimate.

Meanwhile, Muslim Brotherhood members revealed an intention to take legal action against the Egyptian Engineers Against Custody bloc, demanding compensation for the moral and financial damages they suffered as a result of the lawsuits challenging the election's transparency. They argued that reports of violations are fabricated.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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