Monitors: Violations do not void Egypt vote result

December 1, 2011 19:56

CAIRO - Egypt's first free elections in six decades was marred by minor violations that could cast doubt on the results of certain constituencies but the infractions would not undermine the poll's legitimacy, local monitors said on Thursday.

The monitors, however, urged stricter procedures to be implemented ahead of the next two stages of voting so that they are not repeated.

Egypt's landmark three-stage parliamentary election began on Nov. 28 and drew a huge voter turnout that one army council member estimated at 70 percent.

"Even with the occurrence of violations including some forms of forging, they aren't comparable with what used to happen," the Independent Coalition for Monitoring the Elections said in a statement on Thursday.

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