Egypt opposition claims 'referendum rigging' as Morsi's govt claims victory on constitution
Egyptian opposition forces have complained of large-scale rigging and violations as the country's ruling Muslim Brotherhood claimed victory in the first round of the country's bitterly divisive constitutional referendum.
Unofficial results from Saturday's first round showed 56 percent approval to 43 percent rejection on a low turnout of 33 percent, with a clear no win in Cairo, one of the 10 governorates where polling took place.
The referendum is to be held in the country's remaining 17 governorates next Saturday, where prospects for a no win are poorer.
According to the Guardian, the opposition National Salvation Front (NSF) claimed 66 percent were against the controversial draft basic law.
It said it had detected 'unprecedented rigging,' including 750 violations, the paper said.
These included unstamped ballot papers, the names of deceased people on lists and the absence of observers at polling stations, it added.
According to the paper, the Egyptian Coalition for Human Rights reported the use of religious slogans and financial inducements for those voting yes.
Mohamed ElBaradei, the co-ordinator of the NSF, warned Morsi in Twitter messages.
"In light of Egypt's evident, and dangerous, division, will you realize the necessity of being a president for all Egyptians? Country split, flagrant irregularities, low turnout, disillusion with Islamists on the rise. Illiteracy remains a hurdle," he wrote.