AFP © <p>An Egyptian woman walks past a wall stained with ink by voters who tried to clean their marked fingers at a polling station in the historical City of the Dead district in Cairo, on December 15, 2012. Tensions were rising late Saturday over a divisive new constitution being put to Egyptian voters in the first round of a referendum pushed through by President Mohamed Morsi.</p>
CAIRO (AFP) – Counting was under way early Sunday after a first-round referendum on a divisive new constitution pushed through by President Mohamed Morsi and his Islamist allies despite weeks of opposition protests.
Polling stations in half the country, including the biggest cities of Cairo and Alexandria, were tallying the results from Saturday’s voting.
The second round of the referendum is to be held next Saturday, after which the official result is to be given.
Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood and main media outlets said that, based on very early unofficial figures, it appeared that the polling was trending towards 70 percent support for the draft charter.
But the opposition disputed that, saying its preliminary figures suggested that 66 percent of the voters had rejected the proposed constitution. It claimed the Muslim Brotherhood had sought to “rig” the vote.
If those contradictory positions are maintained, Egypt’s turmoil of the past three weeks over the draft constitution will not subside.
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