Monitors urge Egypt's election results to be annulled

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December 6, 2010 16:34

 
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CAIRO — A coalition of Egyptian rights groups on Monday urged President Hosni Mubarak to nullify the results of the country's parliamentary election because of widespread vote rigging.

Egypt's ruling party was expected to almost completely sweep parliament after the second round of voting, held Sunday. The two top opposition movements boycotted the run-off because of fraud allegations in the first round. Full results are expected Tuesday.

In a statement the Independent Coalition for Elections' Observation said President Hosni Mubarak should use his constitutional powers to dissolve the newly elected parliament.

"Transparency standards were overlooked at the largest scale. Rigging and forging the citizens' will have become the law regulating this election," the groups said.

They also demanded an amendment to Egypt's election law to allow ensure "minimum standards of transparency and fairness" in elections.

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