February 12, 2016

Sen. Nelson dismisses allegations of fraud in Egyptian elections (AUDIO)

Sen. Nelson meeting with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr/Photo courtesy Nelson's office

Sen. Ben Nelson said his visit of Egypt convinces him that there is nothing to allegations of fraud in the presidential elections.

Nelson has visited both Egypt and Saudi Arabia as a member of the United States Senate Armed Services Committee. Some allegations arose, because the result didn’t reflect public opinion polling. Nelson sees that differently.

“From my standpoint, the fact that the polling and the predicted outcome didn’t occur was a pretty good indication that it could not have been fixed,” Nelson told reporters during a conference call from Jetta, Saudi Arabia.

Nelson said he talked with the military running the elections in Egypt as well as the United States Ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson. All have vouched for the legitimacy of the elections. The Carter Center observed the elections. Former President Jimmy Carter paid a visit to the country. California Congressman David Dreier visited several polling places during the first round of voting, according to Nelson.

Claims of bribery and fraud have been dismissed by the country’s Supreme Presidential Election Commission.

The initial vote has narrowed the field to two candidates. Mohamed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, won 5.76 million votes in last week’s first round. Ahmed Shafiq, a former prime minister with ties to Hosni Mubarak’s deposed regime, garnered 5.5 million votes.

Though many in the United States remain suspicious of the Muslim Brotherhood, Nelson said he believes it is too soon to tell what might happen if the Brotherhood wins control. Nelson added that remains an interest in Egypt to maintain a strong relationship with the United States which should continue no matter who wins.

AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]

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