[Reviewer: This article is classified as quality three because of the author’s exaggeration, the church’s way of organizing votes is normal]
Sawt al-Ummah has obtained serious documents which confirm that the Coptic Orthodox Church is exploiting every election to participate in political life in an organized fashion, which raises doubts about the church’s real intentions.
Every Coptic Orthodox diocese draws an organizational map of the area in which it is located and divides it into main areas. Every main area has an official whose responsibility is to oversee voters’ agents in sub-committees in which ballot boxes are located.
The author says that he has obtained a map of Shubrā al-Khīmah. In the footnotes, the phone numbers of the diocese of Shubrā al-Khīmah and its operations room are written, while Hānī ‘Āyid’s, the areas’ general official, name and phone number are written in the header. In the map, the constituency is divided into five main areas. Each area has an official whose name and phone number are also written. These officials are in charge of listing Copts’ names, directing them to their electoral committees, and mobilizing them to vote for the candidate endorsed by the Coptic Church or for proposed laws in referendums.
Hānī ‘Āyid, whose name was mentioned in the map, indicated that the map has no political objectives. Its aim is to encourage Copts to participate in elections without gearing them toward a certain candidate or trend.
Coptic thinker Kamāl Zākhir Mūsá indicated that the Coptic Church, as a social and religious system, has to participate in political life and in decision making, while Father Mīnā Ẓarīf said that the church is doing its religious activity through legitimate channels.