Electoral authorities in Egypt have rejected a call by President Hosni Mubarak’s main rival for the country’s presidential election to be re-run. Mubarak was reported to be on course for a huge and widely predicted victory as counting neared completion. Egypt’s first multi-candidate election has drawn criticism at home and abroad.
The re-run call came from Ayman Nour, the most prominent of the nine party leaders challenging Mubarak. Local monitoring groups have claimed the ballot was affected by a range of irregularities and fraud. The president’s campaign spokesman said Nour was attacking the process because he knew he was going to lose. A spokesman for the Presidential Election Commission said Nour’s appeal had been considered and rejected. The body is immune from legal challenges and has not acted on earlier opposition complaints about the poll. A final result is expected on Friday or Saturday.