Afghan election complaint commission invalidates ballots of 69 polling centers

21:36, October 13, 2010      

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A commissioner of UN-backed Afghan Electoral Complaint Commission (ECC) on Wednesday announced that the body has invalidated ballots of 69 more polling centers in Afghanistan's second parliamentary elections held on September 18.

"Based on adjudicating of complaints received, the ECC has annulled the votes of 69 polling centers in 11 provinces," Ahmad Zia Rafat told a news briefing here.

Meantime he said that every candidate has been given three days from today to appeal against the verdict.

Briefing reporters on the number of complaints, Rafat said ECC had received 4,385 post-election complaints as of Wednesday, out of these 4,177 have been triaged.

He said 55 percent of the intake complaints with majority of them on polling irregularities, if proved, can affect the result of voting in polling centers.

The country's election body -- the Independent Election Commission (IEC) has already invalidated the ballots of over 440 polling centers out of over 5,500 polling centers across the war- torn country.

The September 18 polls was the second Afghan parliamentary election since the collapse of Taliban regime in 2001 held to elect members of the 249-seat Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of Afghanistan for the next five years.

Over 2,500 candidates including more than 400 women had contested the election and the preliminary results are expected to be announced on October 17.

Under the electoral law the final results, expected late this month, would not be announced unless all complaints are adjudicated.

Over 4 million Afghans out of 11.4 million eligible voters had cast their votes on the voting day September 18 amid Taliban threats and attacks.

Source: Xinhua


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