Muslim Brotherhood bribing voters as Egypt chooses new leader
Egypt’s "first step"Egypt’s presidential poll is being overseen by 1,600 international observers and more than a nine thousands volunteers from 60 local groups.“I think Egypt has tried to play a transparency card, allowing international monitors from several organizations,” Cairo-based political analyst Nabila Ramdani told RT. She said that by inviting monitors from the European Commission, the League of Arab States, the African Union, and some American organizations to supervise the elections, Egypt wanted to make sure that the elections were “fair and transparent.”But aside from violations, many Egyptians consider this day to be a date to remember – as they believe this election will open a new chapter in the country's history. "The turnout is enormous and more than expected," said Election Commission Secretary General Hatem Begatu.
The atmosphere at polling stations around Cairo has been described as festive and relaxed. People cheered presidential candidates who were joining the public queueing at polling stations. Four presidential hopefuls have already been tipped as frontrunners. The list of top candidates includes Amr Moussa, who served as foreign minister under Mubarak, as well as Ahmed Shafiq, who was Mubarak’s last prime minister and served as the civil aviation minister. It also includes Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate, and Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, a moderate Islamist who was expelled from the Muslim Brotherhood for his decision to run in the presidential race. The ruling military council has called on people to accept the results of the election, which are expected to be verified by May 29. More than 50 million Egyptians are choosing their new president from a list of 13 candidates. In case none of those 13 secures a clear majority in the two-day election, a runoff will be held on June 16 and 17.