Egyptians appear set to approve the country’s new constitution by a wide margin today via a nationwide referendum. The Muslim Brotherhood, which has backed President Mohamed Morsi and the proposed constitution, is reporting on the vote via its Twitter feed.
UPDATE: results from 3329/6376 Polling Stations counted nationwide:YES 60.6%NO 39.4%
— Ikhwanweb (@Ikhwanweb) December 15, 2012
Those numbers seem to match those reported by Egyptian media. Much of the no vote seems to be coming from Egypt’s second-largest city, Alexandria, where violent clashes are reported to have left at least 19 injured.
Shout out to Alexandrians for being the most awesome people in Egypt with a majority of the “no” vote.
— Marwa Ragab (@Marwa__Raafat) December 15, 2012
Alexandria > Egypt. Also when is Alexandria going to declare its independence from Egypt?
— دارين كشرى (@DareenSawan) December 15, 2012
Alexandria is Rome, but Egypt is definitely not Italy.
— My name is Adam (@Ahmedd_haridy) December 15, 2012
According to AlWatan newspaper : Alexandria 27% yes and 73% NO #Egypt
— Amany Elshennawy (@AmanyElShennawy) December 15, 2012
Some media outlets, including Reuters and the Jerusalem Post, are reporting that the office of the Wafd opposition party was attacked with petrol bombs and birdshot late in the day.
Can we confirm burning of Wafd HQ and is there any violence at Sabahi HQ? #egypt
— Cliff Cheney (@cliffcheney) December 15, 2012
— Nervana Mahmoud (@Nervana_1) December 15, 2012
— Fahad (@13411Fahad) December 15, 2012
Yes votes come high… What should we do? Of course fire the Wafd Party Building and Blaim the Salafis. Classic :))) #Egypt
— Ahmet Yusuf Özdemir (@ayusufozdemir) December 15, 2012
As CBS reports, “The draft would empower Islamists to carry out the most widespread and strictest implementation of Islamic law that modern Egypt has seen.” We can’t confirm the text on this sign, but it’s being retweeted quite a bit.
— Emz (@emmasuleiman) December 15, 2012
@nadaskandar Did you personally see this and take this picture? Is it a tactic to get people to say no or is it for real?
— Tarek Nasr (@TarekNasr360) December 15, 2012
@nadaskandar sadly true, a mad sheikh did make fatwa, also in Saudi. Sickening
— S. EL-SAID (@elsaidst) December 15, 2012
Here is the tally by city according to the Muslim Brotherhood’s feed.
Final results, YES/NO:1-Alexandria 55.6/44.42-Assyout 76.1/23.93-Aswan 76.4/23.64-Cairo 43/575-Dakahlyya 55.1/44.96-Gharbyya 48/52
— Ikhwanweb (@Ikhwanweb) December 16, 2012