Afghan watchdog disqualifies 2 more elected legislatorship

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The UN-backed Afghan Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) on Tuesday announced that the body has disqualified two more winner candidates in the preliminary results of the country's second parliamentary polls held on Sept. 18, bringing to five the number of excluded winners in the contest.

"Based on received complaints that have been investigated by ECC, it has been revealed that in some polling stations fake votes had been tallied for two candidates who are among the winners in preliminary results," Ahmad Zia Rafat, the spokesman for the watchdog panel told reporters in a press conference here.

He said after adjudication and investigation the ECC has found clear evidence of fraud and using fake voting cards that had been cast for the two contesters.

The names of three other candidates have already been excluded from the list of winners in preliminary results for violating the electoral law including not resigning from their government posts and committing fraud during the polls.

From the voting day on Sept. 18 till Oct. 24, the last day of filing electoral complaints, over 6,000 allegations had been registered with ECC, Rafat said.

Briefing journalists on probing the complaints, the official added that over 70 percent of over 2,500 serious allegations had been adjudicated.

Preliminary result was announced on Oct. 20 by the election body - Independent Election Commission (IEC).

Final result of Afghanistan's second legislative elections since the fall of Taliban regime in late 2001 would not be announced until all the allegations and complaints are adjudicated.

Over 2,500 candidates with some 400 of them women had contested the voting to secure seat in the 249-seat Afghan Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of parliament.

Rafat added that ECC has nullified parts of ballots in some 152 polling stations out of over 17,000 polling stations across the country since holding election.

Over 290 candidates including 25 serving parliamentarians have been accused of involvement in organizing and committing fraud, including vote-rigging and using fake voting cards on the voting day.

Source: Xinhua


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