Egypt's Constitution Passes With 63.8% of Vote

Country's election commission denies voting irregularities, certifies tally

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 25, 2012 12:23 PM CST

(Newser) – Egypt's controversial proposed constitution has passed its two-part referendum with 63.8% of the vote, the country's election commission said today. The passage is a win for President Mohamed Morsi—whose Islamist allies drafted the constitution, sparking massive street protests—and is right in line with earlier unofficial results offered up by the Muslim Brotherhood, reports the AP. Opponents of the measure, however, have charged that the votes were marred by fraud. Nevertheless, "We have seriously investigated all the complaints," said judge Samir Abu el-Matti of the Supreme Election Committee today, according to Reuters. Official turnout was 32.9%.

In this Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 file photo, an Egyptian election worker shows an invalid ballot while counting ballots at the end of the second round of a referendum on a disputed constitution.
In this Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 file photo, an Egyptian election worker shows an invalid ballot while counting ballots at the end of the second round of a referendum on a disputed constitution.   (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)
In this Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 file photo, an elderly Egyptian man shows his inked finger after casting his vote on the constitutional referendum.
In this Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 file photo, an elderly Egyptian man shows his inked finger after casting his vote on the constitutional referendum.   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)
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