Egypt's justice minister assigns judges to probe constitutional referendum violations
Egypt's Justice Minister Ahmed Miky decided Tuesday to assign judges to investigate the alleged violations that took place during the first stage of the constitutional referendum, justice ministry spokesman Ahmed Sallam said.
Sallam told reporters at a press conference Tuesday that the voting process during the referendum was under complete judicial supervision.
Meanwhile, for his part, Hesham Raouf, one of Miky's assistants, said the decision was made in response to the request of the Higher Commission for Elections, which asked the justice ministry to assign investigating judges to probe into "the electoral crimes the took place during the referendum."
The first stage of Egypt's constitutional referendum was held Saturday, with around 26 million Egyptians eligible to vote in 10 governorates including Cairo and Alexandria. The second round is slated for Dec. 22, covering the other 17 governorates.
Egypt's main opposition bloc, "the National Salvation Front," composed of mostly liberals, leftists and Copts, claimed the referendum process was subjected to violations and fraud by Islamists, planning massive protests Tuesday against the referendum.
Unofficial initial results showed that 56.5 percent of voters said "Yes" to the draft constitution.