Afghan ECC investigates over 90% of serious electoral complaints

22:20, November 09, 2010      

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The UN-backed Afghan Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) on Tuesday announced that the body has investigated over 90 percent of serious complaints of the country' s second parliamentary voting held on September 18 this year.

"The ECC has adjudicated more than 90 percent of electoral complaints which has been triaged and categorized as group A or serious allegations that would affect the results at polling station level," Ahmad Zia Rafat the spokesman for ECC told reporters in a news briefing here.

According to Rafat, over 6,000 complaints had been registered with ECC since beginning voting on September 18 till October 24 the last day of receiving election related complaints and allegations with over 2,500 of them in group A.

Rafat also added that ECC has nullified over 650 polling stations out of more than 17,500 polling stations throughout the country.

Allegations put in category B if proved cannot affect the results of the elections and the remaining part or category C of the complaints does not need further investigation, Rafat emphasized.

Nevertheless, he added, "Allegations of group B and C could be investigated after the announcement of final results."

The complaints registered with ECC, according to the official, include using state machinery, influencing election workers at polling stations, stuffing ballot boxes illegally, double voting, vote-rigging and using fake voting cards.

With regard to media reports that ECC has been under pressure from government circles, Rafat confirmed that "some officials in the government who have relations with failed candidates wanted to intervene" but did not give details.

However, he said that ECC would not care of any pressure, noting all decisions will be taken in accordance with the electoral law.

He noted the ECC will conclude its investigation as soon as possible to pave the way for announcing the final results.

Final result of Afghanistan's second legislative elections since the fall of Taliban regime in late 2001, due in weeks 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.

Source: Xinhua


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