By: Lailuma Noori
Afghanistan Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) has informed of invalidating votes of 109 polling stations of the Sep 28 President Elections.
The polling stations were in a number of provinces in particular Kabul and Badakhshan. Officials of the Electoral Complaints Commission have also declared that votes of 5316 polling stations in 21 provinces of the country were to be recounted. The decision was part of ECC’s work to review thousands of complaints registered in the commission’s provincial offices soon after the announcement of the election’s preliminary results.
Zuhra Bayan Shinwari, head of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC), at a Tuesday press conference said that 9,866 complaints out of 16,545 ones have been rejected for lack of evidence.
“Now we are moving into the recount process, and, so far, there have been no serious problems between the two commissions,” Shinwari said.
The votes of 109 polling stations have been invalidated and 75 people have been fined over alleged involvement in fraudulent behavior. 71 Independent Election Commission (IEC) employees have been fired, according to IECC officials.
She said so far, 769 objections had been registered in 17 provinces with IECC and the number could increase in future. Based on the decisions of IECC’s provincial offices, 18 complaints led to reform measures, three complaints were referred to judiciary organs and 111 other complaints were vague, she added.
The ECC deputy spokesperson Mohammad Raza Fayaz said that the objections have been resgistered in Laghman, Ghor, Nimroz, Zabul, Daikundi, Panjshir, Bamyan, Badakhshan, Sar-e-Pul, Uruzgan, Faryab and Nuristan provinces.
Previously, Independent Election Commission had recounted votes of more than 8,000 polling stations before the announcement of the Sep 28 Presidential Election’s preliminary results. The vote recounting process took several weeks due to protests of the electoral teams.
Preliminary results of the Sep 28 presidential elections were announced in late Dec last year after Independent Election Commission completed the vote recounting process. According to the election’s preliminary results, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani got 50.64 percent of the votes, while his nearest rival Abdullah Abdullah got second with 39.52 percent of the 1.9 million votes in the election.
It is worth mentioning that the Electoral Complaints Commission has registered 16,500 complaints about the presidential election, which was held on September 28. From those complaints, about 8,000 were filed by Abdullah Abdullah’s team and more than 3,000 complaints were filed by Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s team. 4,400 complaints were filed by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s team and approximately 15 by Rahmatullah Nabil’s team.