CAIRO – Egypt's liberal opposition party has called for the cancellation of parliament elections after allegations of massive vote rigging appear to have secured an overwhelming victory for the ruling party.
The liberal Wafd party said Tuesday that the government had violated a "presidential promise" to have free and fair elections. It said that in the absence of credible supervision of the elections, fraud was rampant.
The party statement, carried in its newspaper, accused the ruling National Democratic party of "raping" its legitimacy by depending on thugs and "undemocratic" practices, such as ballot stuffing, to win.
Official results are to be announced Tuesday, but so far the ruling paryt has won 170 of the 508 seats outright. The remaining seats are will be decided in a runoff.