Ten Reasons Egypt Should Boycott The Constitutional Referendum

As opposition groups mull their participation in Egypt's upcoming constitutional referendum, Majdi Khalil argues in favor of a boycott as the only way to respond to an “already illegitimate” process.

al-monitor A soldier stands in front of graffiti drawn by protesters on the wall of the presidential palace in Cairo December 12, 2012. Photo by REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah Ali Al Mahdi.

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Dec 13, 2012

A debate is currently taking place on the constitutional referendum. Should we participate and say no, or just boycott?

Supporters of the first option say the following: We want to remove the legitimacy of this constitution through a high percentage that votes no. Should they insist on passing this constitution, the high numbers who vote against it will remove its legitimacy at the local and international levels.

They add that boycotting has led to Islamists dominating the Shura Council and allowed them to reach the highest position in the state. This resulted from our inaction and the boycott of this election. We have to learn from these experiences.

According to a second group, including myself, boycotting the referendum is the right choice, for the following reasons:

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