Afghan election commission announces preliminary list of candidates for parliamentary elections

20:14, May 13, 2010      

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Fazal Ahmad Manawi, the chief of Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC), Thursday announced that 2,447 including 386 women have registered to contest Afghanistan's second parliamentary election since the fall of Taliban, set for Sept. 18 this year.

"In total, 2,673 candidates including 419 women have registered their names during the 15-day nomination process ended last week but 226 aspirants including 33 women due to incomplete documents could not reach the preliminary list," Manawi told a press conference in the fortified IEC compound here.

The official said that list of candidates would be formally pasted on IEC website soon, adding that any candidates who are not satisfied can complain to Electoral Complaint Commission (ECC), an independent body that monitors the electoral process.

According to Manawi, any candidate had to offer the signatures of 1,000 voters to show their supports for the legislative competition but some candidates gave wrong serial numbers or documents without supporters' signatures.

Soaring violent incidents and Taliban-led militancy have raised concerns that the election process would face huge challenges in the post-Taliban country as Manawi warned if Afghan and NATO-led forces will not be able to secure some 6,800 polling centers across the country IEC would not put ballot boxed there.

"Transparent and fair elections depends on good security," Manawi said, adding "Anywhere in the country, since the IEC personal, voters, observers or candidates lives are on risk, IEC would not hold election unless is being assured of secure environments."

The contesters are to secure 249 seats in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga. or Lower House of Parliament, including 64 seats for women.



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