I don't deny that many Egyptians voted for Shafik; it's not something I can deny; however, of all Christians I know the percentage of those who voted for Shafik doesn't exceed 50%.
I personally didn't vote for him... I'm not defending him... I'm simply explaining events!
Anyhow, since I'm a person of calculation and pen and paper; I'll share with you something I did. It started out this morning, with a little calculation I did for myself... and then I thought why not share it with you all.
First of all I wanted to know how many Christians, more or less, participated in the elections; so I assumed the following (numbers cannot be generalized):
- Egypt's total population is about 90 million of which about 50 million are eligible to vote (around 56% of the total population)
- Christians total population is about 18 million of which about 10 million are eligible to vote (around 56% of the total Christian population, reflecting the behavior of the total population)
- Generally speaking, 45% of the eligible population actually voted HENCE of the 10 million eligible Christian, only 4.5 million actually participated in the elections (again reflecting the behavior of the total population)
- Shafik received: 5,900,000 votes
- Mousa received: 2,600,000 votes
- Sabahy received: 4,700,000 votes
- 13 out of the 35 voted for Shafik (around 37% of Christians)
- 10 out of the 35 voted for Mousa (around 29% of Christians)
- 12 out of the 35 voted for Sabahy (around 34% of Christians)
- If 37% out of the 4,500,000 eligible Christians voted for Shafik; that means Shafik got approximately 1,665,000 Christian vote which represent a total of 29% of the total 5,900,000 votes he received
- If 29% out of the 4,500,000 eligible Christians voted for Mousa; that means Mousa got approximately 1,305,000 Christian vote which represents a total of 50% of the total 2,600,000 votes he received
- If 34% out the 4,500,000 eligible Christians voted for Sabahy; that means Sahaby got approximately 1,530,500 Christian vote which represents a total of 33% of the total 4,700,000 votes he received
We are in desperate NEED of respecting each others' choices; even of we don't agree to them.
And then again; in the re-run, if Shafik wins, people will blame it in on Christians... and if someone then comes and asks how did you guys vote for him... my answer will be simple: DUH! Don't expect them to vote for Morsi; best case scenario "others" would hope for is that they abstain...
~ my next post will be away from pointing fingers; it'll be a general post about the Elections experience in Egypt.