by John Galt
June 24, 2012 09:15 ET
I am following Al-Jazeera television live along with blogs in two English language newspapers in Cairo awaiting results of the Presidential election announcement which was due at 09:00 ET. As the news breaks, I shall post it here.
With the link to this story and the headline below the photo form Ahram Online, I shall be closing my coverage of this event. I expect a period of relative stability in Egypt except for the transition period in about 4 weeks as the military eases out of power and the Islamist begin establishing their position of power by installing their personnel throughout the government.
From Ahram blog:
16:34 Here’s a breakdown of the numbers as stated by SPEC head Farouq Sultan.The total number of registered voters in Egypt is 50,958,794Runoff turnout: 26,420,763 (51 per cent)Total number of valid ballots: 25,575,511Total number of voided ballots: 843,252Ahmed Shafiq won 12,347,380 (48 per cent)Mohamed Mursi won 13,280,131 (52 per cent)
10:27 ET – Egyptian Elections Commission Farouk Sultan FINALLY announces that Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood becomes the first civilian President of Egypt since the overthrow of Mubarak.
From Ahram blog:
16:08The head of the electoral commission says that of 456 appeals, two in particular caught their attention.
The first related to a claim that upwards of one million voting ballots were found marked in favour of one candidate before they reached the polling station.
The other claims Christians were stopped from casting their votes at one polling station in a village in the Upper Egypt governorate of Minya.
But he says both alleged incidents could not be verified; in the first instance, SPEC could only identify close to 2,400 pre-marked ballots, in the second the turnout at the polling station in question was comparable in the runoffs to the first round.
We’re still awaiting the announcement of who’s won…
10:12 ET - Think the Mossad leaked who won? Look at the last 20 minutes of trading on the Israeli TASE today:
09:40 ET - Announcement begins from the Egyptian Election Commission.
09:30 ET – UPDATE - Egyptian military just ordered journalists to turn off cell phones in the room where the announcement will be made. Per AJE, announcement is coming any moment now instead of at 45 minutes after.
From the Ahram online news blog (all times are local Cairo time):
15:12 Egyptian state TV says announcement of results will be delayed 30 minutes.
14:59 Ahram Online reporter Bel Trew describes scene around Tahrir Square where thousands of mainly Mursi supporters are demonstrating.
She says some supporters are riding around the square on the back of fun-buses, blaring music that proclaims “we are one hand”.
14:58 The Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip has been closed at the order of Egyptian authorities, according to an official from Hamas which governs the besieged territory.
Egyptian authorities are yet to make a statement on the matter.
14:55 Former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abul-Fotouh will hold a press conference on Monday to comment on the election results, his campaign managers say.
14:53 The headquarters of Egypt’s electoral commission in Nasr City are stepping up security ahead of the 3pm announcement.
Security barriers have been erected around the premises, while streets surrounding the bulding have been closed and no vehicles allowed in.
Journalists have been granted access on foot but are being extensively searched in an apparent attempt to prevent supporters of either candidate from causing trouble.
14:45 The Muslim Brotherhood is saying it won’t leave Cairo’s Tahrir Square, even if its candidate Mohamed Mursi is declared president.
Speaking to the local Dream TV channel on Sunday, Hassan El-Barnes – a leading member of the Brotherhood and a former MP for its Freedom and Justice Party – said the sit-in will continue.
“The protesters in Tahrir have demands, most importantly cancelling the constitutional addendum that makes the SCAF a state above the state and turns Egypt from a civilian state to a military one which limits the president’s powers,” El-Barnes said in an interview on ‘Sabah Dream’.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s official Twitter account posted the following a short while ago:
“Our protests will remain peaceful and we will not leave #Tahrir until the peoples’ demands are met, including recent #SCAF decrees.”