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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-25-12 03:15 AM
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Muslim Brotherhood Tallies and Keeping Egypt Honest


The most striking thing about these elections, and probably one of its most important lasting effects, is the accuracy of the independent tallies conducted by the Muslim Brotherhood and its political faction the Freedom and Justice Party. There is no other organized political force in Egypt with the resources to accurately conduct polling at all of Egypts 16 000 polling stations, and the MB has not squandered its opportunity to occupy this role.

The MB results for the Egyptian revolutionary parliament seven months ago and the first round of presidential elections at the end of May were more or less in line with the final election results. The results that were announced for the Morsi/Shafiq contest this morning only differed from the MB figures by about 0.06%, which ranks this election among the least manipulated in Egyptian history. Through this successful organizing, the MB has successfully implanted an idea in the media and political consciousness where its results can be trusted as accurate figures. This makes it difficult for manipulation to occur on a state level, as defying the Muslim Brotherhood figures now makes voter fraud much more evident.


Last weeks announcement of victory at Morsis campaign headquarters put massive pressure on senior officials to not consider tampering with election results and cause a Shafik presidency. This pressure was felt in Tahrir Square as equally as it was in the Obama Administration, which announced that it would reconsider its lucrative military assistance package to Egypt if power was not handed to a civilian government. It is true that in all likelihood, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces is satisfied with a Morsi executive that is stripped of its power, but its obvious preference for Ahmed Shafiq was made much more difficult the moment that the MBs independent exit polls announced this mornings results.

It may seem odd to state in a political climate where many revolutionaries dont trust the MB and its FJP candidates, but the Muslim Brotherhood electoral results are trustworthy. It may, in fact, be the most trustworthy part of the entire organization and its most positive contribution to the ongoing Egyptian revolution. The Muslim Brotherhood now officially has a reputation of offering a source of accurate electoral information that minimizes the chance of voter fraud. If the Muslim Brotherhood continues to use its vast organizing network to conduct the equivalent of reliable exit polling (ed. note: to be precise, the MB gathered the certified tallies, signed by judges, at every polling station) at Egypts 16,000 voting stations during every major election, then Egyptian political culture will gradually begin to shift away from the infamous rigging of the Mubarak regime.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-25-12 06:27 AM
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1. Honest election tallies? What in hell are those? Wait, I'll google.
Oh, cool.

Can we have some, too?
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-25-12 07:39 PM
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2. It would require an effort on the part of our media and political infrastructure
So, it'll never happen
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-26-12 04:40 AM
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3. Yes, on our parts as well and Americans can't be arsed because they think
they already do live in a democracy.

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