Egypt’s National Alliance Supporting legitimacy (NASL), the group calling for the return of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, announced it will boycott the upcoming national referendum on the amended 2012 constitution. “Boycott the null and void referendum which will be carried out under a fascist military coup,” a spokesman for the alliance announced in a news conference Sunday evening. The group cited “political, legal and procedural” reasons to boycott the poll, scheduled by interim president Adly Mansour for 14 and 15 January 2014. “They have no answers to a scenario in their so-called roadmap based on a no vote in the referendum, which hints to an intent on rigging the poll results.”
The group also said that the 2013 draft constitution, written by a 50-member committee, was prepared in a way that contradicts the constitutional declaration of 8 July, issued by the interim president himself following Morsi’s ouster, which stated that the committee will be simply tasked with amending the now-suspended 2012 constitution.
“What we have instead, is a whole new document with a different preamble and a different arrangement of articles,” the group charged.