Egypt official says election result may be delayed

By REUTERS
June 20, 2012 22:53

 
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CAIRO - Egypt's election committee said on Wednesday it may not be ready to announce the results of a run-off presidential vote on Thursday as planned because it was still reviewing appeals from the two candidates, both of whom claim to have won.

Egyptians voted at the weekend to choose a replacement for Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted in a popular uprising last year. The race pitted the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsy against Ahmed Shafik, a former air force commander who was Mubarak's last prime minister.

"We cannot announce when exactly the timing of the announcement of the election results will be because now we are at the stage of listening to the representatives," said Committee Secretary-General Hatem Bagato.

"The committee will meet afterwards to decide on whether to accept the appeals or not. After that there will be a time set to announce the final result," he added, speaking by phone.

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