Decision on Shafiq’s election challenge to be issued Wednesday

The Presidential Elections Commission announced Tuesday that a decision on former presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafiq's challenge to last year's election results would be issued Wednesday at 3pm.

The commission listened to the arguments of Shawki al-Sayed, Shafiq's lawyer. Shafiq had appealed the commission's decision which announced that President Mohamed Morsy had won the presidential race in June 2012.
Shafiq's lawyer is demanding a do-over of the second round of the elections.
The commission refused to allow Gamal Gebril, a member of Morsy's Legal Advisory Board, to attend the proceedings as, per election rules, only Morsy's lawyer could be present.
After coming out of the Supreme Constitutional Court, the headquarters of the elections commission, Sayed told Al-Masry Al-Youm that he had called on the commission to review the letters it had sent to and received from the former ruling military council in the period between 17 and 24 June 2012. He claimed that the letters urged that the announcement of the election results be postponed.
Sayed said that he had requested the commission to ask the central bank to disclose bank transfers worth 110 million Kuwaiti dinars from foreign countries to Islamist politicians.  He said that this money was used to influence the electoral process in Morsy's favor.
Sayed said that he had also asked that criminal investigations regarding electoral fraud, crimes such as preventing people from voting and manipulating voting cards at state printing houses, be considered in the case.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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