Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Egypt president announcement delayed
Some might wonder if the delay is as a result of the elections authorities not being happy with the result:
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
CAIRO—Egypt’s elections authorities say announcement of the winner of Egypt’s presidential election will be delayed but gave no new date.
The Supreme Elections Commission said in a statement Wednesday that results won’t be announced on Thursday as scheduled because it is looking into complains presented by rival candidates.
A panel of judges has to look into some 400 complaints over voting submitted by both Ahmed Shafiq, ousted leader Hosni Mubarak’s prime minister, and the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Mohammed Morsi’s campaign.
The delay likely will only heighten tensions gripping the country after both candidates claimed victory. The camp of Shafiq says he won with 51.5 per cent of the vote while the campaign of Morsi says he got 52 per cent to defeat Shafiq with 48 per cent.