2 election officials missing, thousands complaints filed in Afghan polls

12:10, September 22, 2010      

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Two election officials with Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) have been missing since Saturday's parliamentary election day while nearly 3,000 formal complaints have been filed so far by individuals across the militancy-hit country.

"Two IEC staff who had been tasked to organize election process on Saturday in Giro district are missing," Qudratullah Ghyasi, an official with the IEC provincial office of Ghazni province, told Xinhua.

The report of missing poll workers came on the same day when the United Nations-backed Electoral Complaint Commission (ECC) extended a deadline of Tuesday to Thursday for submitting of poll complaints due to possibility of more complaints to be filed.

According to media reports, over 2,980 complaints, with over 700 of them on election day, were registered by ECC across the country.

Over 2,500 candidates, with some 400 women, had contested the country's second parliamentary election since Taliban was ousted in late 2001.

Last year's presidential elections, 42 percent turnouts, were marred by allegations of voter fraud and voter intimidation by the Taliban.

Anti-government militants abducted three IEC staffs in the country's relatively peaceful Balkh province and the bodies of the trio were found one day after the election day on Sunday.

Source: Xinhua


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