Voting in Egypt constitutional referendum 'sinful'

The Independence Party claimed that those who would vote in support of the revised charter would be "sinners".

Voting in Egypt constitutional referendum 'sinful'

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Egyptian party has claimed that it would be "sinful" to vote in the planned referendum on amendments to the suspended 2012 constitution.

In a statement, the Independence Party, a component of the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, also claimed that those who would vote in support of the revised charter would be "sinners".

It suggested that the referendum day – expected sometime in January – should be a day of protest against the amended constitution and the military ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.

"We don't recognize any legal or political effects of this coup," said the statement, referring to Morsi's ouster.

"How would we go to the vote, even to say No, when we know the referendum would be rigged," it claimed.

Egypt plans to hold a referendum on an amended version of the 2012 constitution, which was suspended by the military following Morsi's ouster on July 3.

Amending the constitution is a central pillar of an army-imposed roadmap for post-Morsi political transition in Egypt.

The interim authorities have repeatedly vowed a free vote supervised by the judiciary and watched by international and local monitors.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Aralık 2013, 12:52
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