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I was asked to make a round up about the Egyptian bloggers' impressions on the Egyptian elections by Peace Reporter. That explains why I was a bit late with my election coverage.I did not really mean to drop any blogger. I tried to find my way through those who contacted me or others linking to others. Also egybloggers was very helpful.
Here is what I wrote that was translated into Italian. I also tried to balance between English and Arabic written blogs to give fair chance. The nice thing is that Peace Reporter is linking to all of these bloggers. Egyptian bloggers that had their opinions reflected in my article are: Beyond Normal, Nile Rebel, Ritzy Mabrouk, Big Pharaoh, Egyptian Person, Digressing, Rantings of a Sandmonkey, From Cairo with Love and Seeking Freedom. I wrote something also about Alaa Fattah, but looks like it was my mistake cause I mentioned him by name not by his blog so there was no link to it. I thought his name is more popular! Sorry Alaa.
To make it up for Alaa , here is the English text
Egyptian bloggers who are emerging as a very important voice to gauge unbiased free opinions in the Egyptian political arena put the Egyptian presidential into their own words.Stay Tuned for my election coverage with pictures.
Beyond Normal who is currently in the US, knows that he cannot vote. To kill time until election day pass, he started a speculation election game with his friends on his blog, acknowledging that President Mubarak is the winner. Nile Rebel who is boycotting elections thinks that the state does not respect its citizens pointing out to the fact that Egyptians abroad are not voting.
Ritzy Mabrouk who was by the end of the day busy with her internet technical problems, reported earlier in the day that police in the Egyptian coastal city Port Said have collected the drivers’ licenses of the city's taxi drivers to force them to transport government supporters to the polling stations.
Big pharaoh, predicting elections results, believes that Nomaan Gomaa will come next after Mubarak beating Ayman Noor. That’s because Gomaa leads a very old and rich party (Al Wafd) unlike Noor’s party. He also thinks the banned Muslim Brotherhood will vote for Gomaa in these presidential elections and join the Al Wafd in the parliamentary elections next November.
Egyptian person who was busy beating drums for elections gave an account how the Egyptian regime will fail to guarantee constitutionality of presidential elections based on the administrative justice court rulings. He was not the only blogger though. Digressing, who was anxiously sleepless before election day, focused on the judges monitoring process being himself a volunteer monitor.
Rantings of a Sandmonkey, who he was not registered for voting, gives credit to the National Democratic Party people for allowing him to vote because they thought he will vote for Mubarak. He said he used the corruption of Mubarak’s people to allow him and his friends to vote, though they didn’t vote for Mubarak. He thought elections had a low turnout because people did not think it will really matter if they voted. He also thinks his vote won’t matter as well.
The night before the elections, Alaa Fattah summed up his pre-election experience with his friends at all Kefaya and non-kefaya demonstrations. He wrote that President Mubarak will sleep that night waking up as president, but he believes that since May 25 referendum lots of things have changed in his life. He hails Election Day because it is his generation’s first elections and his first monitoring experience.
From Cairo with Love thinks it is a historic day because there are those whom are striving for a better change, risking their own security at times, ensuring as much as possible that today's elections are monitored, exposing any of its flaws, so that Mubarak doesn't have it easy as he usually does. He thinks in making his life hell until he gives in bit by bit is not a bad strategy. He thinks that Egypt is different today and that the purple colored finger is an honor that almost everyone is trying to have.
Seeking Freedom who voted noticed that all voters are voting with the ready made pro-Mubarak voting cards and how employees in polling stations are pushing people to elect Mubarak. The Egypt blog believes that the election is a play and that dictatorship cannot switch into a democracy, the same way a cat can't become a mouse.
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