Vote counting process in 22 Afghan provinces completed

21:16, September 19, 2010      

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The vote counting process of Afghanistan's parliamentary elections held on Saturday have completed in 22 out of the country's 34 provinces, chief of Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) said Sunday.

"The vote counting process begun immediately after voting ended in polling centers and had completed in 22 provinces but counting in 11 other provinces had finished from 50 percent to 99 percent so far," Fazal Ahmad Manawi told a press conference here in IEC fortified headquarter.

Without naming the last province, he said IEC had received no information about counting ballots in the one remaining province.

More than 11 million Afghan voters were expected to go for electing of 249 representatives for Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of parliament on Saturday amid Taliban threats and attacks.

While the total number of polling centers finalized to be opened on voting day was 5,813 centers, Manawi said, adding only 5355 polling centers remained open and over four million voters had cast their votes.

However, worsening security situation has already prompted IEC to shut down 1,019 polling centers out of 6,835 centers, which were planned earleir by election officials throughout the country.

Meantime, Manawi confirmed the bodies of three IEC staff who were abducted on election day were found today in Chamtal district of respectively peaceful northern Balkh province where Taliban militants killed two other IEC workers one day prior to voting day.

"Thirteen other determined IEC staff were injured in militants' attacks on polling centers all over the country," he emphasized.

Over 2,500 candidates with some 400 of them women have stood to contest for the race.

Source: Xinhua


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