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Egyptians vote on constitution

  • Egyptians are voting in a referendum on a draft constitution that has split the nation and triggered violent unrest.

    President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood have campaigned in favor of the constitution, which opponents say is poorly drafted and too Islamist.

    The first round of voting takes place in Cairo, Alexandria and eight other provinces, a week before the rest of the country.

    More than 51 million people are registered to vote.

    Polling has had to be spread out as few judges are willing to supervise the referendum.

    However, human rights groups fear the results from the first round could influence those voting in the second.

    The referendum essentially asks Egyptians to accept or reject a basic document that must be in place before elections can be held early next year.