National Accord Conference calls for scrapping Facebook presidential poll

A committee from the National Accord Conference on Wednesday called for the removal of an opinion poll posted on the official Facebook page of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which asks users to choose their preferred presidential candidate.

The committee that deals with the Armed Forces and Advisory Authorities called for the removal of the poll, saying it has a number of glitches. Respondents may cast their votes more than once and the result can be tampered with, it said.

The committee added that Facebook users only account for the limited number of Egyptian voters who have internet access and therefore the result of the poll is unrealistic and may influence the morale of presidential candidates and voters at this critical stage.

Meanwhile, potential presidential candidate Amr Moussa, who currently ranks fifth in the poll with 6 percent of the votes, described it as inaccurate.

The poll posted by the SCAF "raises many questions" said Moussa.

Former International Atomic Energy Agency Chief Mohamed ElBaradei leads the poll with 31 percent of votes, followed by Mohamed Selim al-Awa, who gained 21 percent.

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