Monday, 2 June 2014

Comparison between 2012 and 2014 presidential election in Egypt


CBS news report about Egypt presidential elections

2012
2014
25 million Egyptians participated out of 53 million Egyptians who had the right to voting (about 47%)
6 million participated (about 11.3%)
In 2012 I used to stand in a queue for more than 100 meters and wait for about 4 hours to get to my turn to vote, but in 2014 there’s hardly anybody going.
A huge percentage of the voters were young people
Hardly any young people
Most of Egypt’s youth now get their feeds from the internet and social media, unlike the old generation who still depend on magazines and TV channels which are very much controlled by the government and which persuade people to believe the government conspiracy theory against the elected president.
Public media and most of the private media gave great support to the military candidate.
Public and private media gave great support for the military candidate. All media public and private gave tremendous support to Sisi as the military candidate and the leader of the military coup, since any unbiased, neutral media have been shut off by the military shortly after the coup.
Not much encouragements for people to participate.
Media and government made a tremendous effort to get people out to vote, including extending the duration of voting by adding an extra day, giving a day off work, arranging for  free transportation and threatening any Egyptian who boycotted the election with a  fine of EGP 500 pound.
Big crowds of people celebrated Mursi as the new president.
Much smaller crowds celebrated Sisi as the new president.
Most of the media gave accurate statistics about the elections.
Most of the media and all the public media gave false statistics about the elections.  Public media went so far as to announce that the number of Egyptians that participated in the elections was 24 million, instead of 6 million.
Public media went so far when they announced that the number of Egyptians participated in the elections were 24 million, instead of 6 millions
10 candidates competed in the elections
Only 2 candidates competed in the elections
In 2014, most of Egypt’s independent politicians, announced that they are not going to participate since, there’s no guarantee that elections process would be fare without sheeting and influences.

Myself:  I choose to boycott the elections for the following reasons:
*  Participating in the elections means that I acknowledge the military coup and should accept its result.
*  I don’t trust the government, judges and army in running the elections.
* There were tremendous media influences in the favor of Sisi to get people to vote for him, which not fair.

Conclusion: This election gave me more hope for Egypt’s future, since it proved that mainstream Egyptians are not satisfied with what happened in Egypt since the military coup, and definitely youth and those who have a positive vision for Egypt’s future as a free democratic country will manage to stand again against the REGIME.
My concern: Is the next move towards freedom and democracy might experience violence from the protestors’ side. That is because there is lots of anger against the police and army from some of the protestors, due to the number of protestors being killed, arrested or tortured by the military coup.


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