Egypts First Presidential Election Comes Under Scrutiny

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Egypts First Presidential Election Comes Under Scrutiny

As the citizens of Egypt anticipate the results of their first freely contested Presidential election, two of the candidates Hamdin Sabbahi and Abdul Moneim Aboul Fotouh are demanding a recount of the votes.

Mr. Sabbahi is said to have missed out in the second round of elections by nearly 700,000 votes. Mr. Fotouh finished fourth in the election. As of now,50 million people were eligible to vote while 13 candidates were up for the position of President.

Fotouh is planning to file a complaint with the election committee. Despite the allegations of unfair elections The Supreme Council of Armed Forces (Scarf) promised a fair election and without retaliation by civilians. The election was said to have been conducted peacefully. Unofficial results are suggesting that Muslim Brotherhood Candidate Mohammed Mursi has a small lead ahead of Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq.

Until Egyptian leaders approve a new constitution, it is unclear as to what sort of authority and powers the new president would have. As Egypt tries to gain a civil election and a President who earned the position without mocked votes the cloud of uncertainty lingers above amidst all the allegations. With any kind of hope and diligence, Egypt will elect the right leader and go onto a more democratic process. The fact that there were no signs of violence is definitely a step in the right direction for this country. One can only hope this positive direction will continue despite the latest allegations.

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