The third-place finisher in Egypt’s presidential race called Saturday for a partial vote recount, citing violations, his spokesman said. Early results show that Hamdeen Sabahi came in third by a margin of some 700,000 votes, leaving him out of next month’s run-off between the two leading candidates. Sabahi’s spokesman Hossam Mounis said the campaign has found evidence of many violations during the two days of voting that would affect the final results. He declined to give details about the violations but said appeals would be filed Sunday.
“The evidence we have and that we are still accumulating shows a big number of violations in many polling centers that would affect the final results,” he said. Results from the first round of voting have shown that the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Mohammed Morsi and Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister Ahmed Shafiq will face each other in a June 16-17 runoff.