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Egypt ends vote count for constitution referendum

March 20, 2011 4:24 by

Votes have been counted in a referendum on proposed constitutional changes that will determine how quickly Egypt can hold elections after Hosni Mubarak was toppled, the judicial oversight body said on Sunday.

“All the polling stations in Cairo and the governorates … have finished the voting and the counting process and all documents and results have been delivered,” Mohammed Ahmed Attiyah, the head of the supreme judicial committee supervising the voting, said in a statement.

He did not indicate what the result was or say when it would be announced. Independent election monitors said they expected results later on Sunday.

The vote, designed to usher in free legislative and presidential elections, has divided the country’s reform movement between those who favour the amendments and others who demand that the constitution is completely rewritten. (Reporting by Yasmine Saleh; Writing by Edmund Blair)

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