Cairo, 13 Shafar 1434/26 December 2012 (EI/MINA) – Egypt’s High Judicial Elections Commission (HJEC) announced the final results of the referendum on the new constitution, with the official “yes” vote amounting to 63.8 percent.
Samir Abul Maati, head of the HJEC, said in a conference late Tuesday that out of 51,919,067 eligible voters, 17,058,317 cast their ballots, equaling a turnout of 32.9 percent, according to Egypt Independent.
A total of 10,693,911 voted in favor of the new constitution, while 661,101 or 36.2 percent said “no.” Invalid ballots totaled 303,395.
The draft constitution was put to a referendum over two stages, with 10 governorates voting on December 15 and the remaining 17 voting a week later.
The final results were close to preliminary tabulations, which showed an approval rate of 64 percent.
The commission says it has thoroughly reviewed all the complaints it received on violations, adding that the referendum was held under full judicial supervision at all polling stations since the electoral system prohibits non-judicial officials from overseeing the process.
The commission also allowed media personnel into polling stations by showing their press cards or other credentials, and observers were allowed to use the licenses issued them for the presidential election.
Abul Maati said that the late opening of some polling stations was made up for through the extension of voting hours, adding that results from the few polling stations that closed before the set time of 11 pm were invalidated. (T/R-022/R-006)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)