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Secretary general of elections committee resigns

Head of committee overseeing referendum resigns for “health reasons”

Ballots are counted following the first stage of the constitutional referendum. (AFP PHOTO)

The secretary general of the Supreme Electoral Committee (SEC) has resigned from his post just days before the second stage of the referendum on the proposed constitution.

Zaghloul Al-Belshy contacted the assistant to the minister of justice, Yahia Galal, to apologise for not being able to oversee the second stage of the referendum, according to state-owned news agency MENA.

The reason given for Al-Belshy’s resignation is that he needs emergency eye surgery.

Conflicting reports emerged on Tuesday, with state-run Al-Ahram reporting that Al-Belshy had resigned and the Ministry of Justice denying these reports. A source close to Al-Belshy claimed he had resigned due to the lack of provisions for judicial supervision for the second stage of the referendum.

Judge Mahmoud Abu Shousha, a member of the SEC denied these reports in a press conference on Tuesday evening.

Political Analyst Emad Gad was unconvinced of the reasons behind Al-Belshi’s resignation, “we are back to the same system used by the old regime, when one quits, it’s [always] for health reasons.” He added that in his view Al-Belshi’s conscience did not allow him to continue supervising the referendum.

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