A new Gallup poll based on surveys conducted in September reveals that most Egyptians planned to vote (74%) and expected the elections to be fair and honest (71%) before massive anti-military demonstrations erupted last week.
But the latest confrontation between the military and protesters could unravel the existing transitional roadmap and elections schedule. Major political parties are reportedly preparing to call on the SCAF to postpone the first stage of parliamentary elections for two weeks. Polling is due to begin on Monday, November 28 in 9 governorates, including Cairo and Alexandria, where the most violent clashes have taken place. Even if the elections proceed as scheduled, the ongoing demonstrations could dramatically increase the potential for violence and misconduct at polling stations.
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