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Afghan poll watchdog invalidates Kabul's parliamentary vote

IANS  |  Kabul 

(IECC) on Thursday invalidated all votes cast during the in constituency due to the widespread charges of irregularities and fraud recorded in the

"The votes cast in the province on October 20-21 are invalidated under the directions of the election law," IECC said at a press conference here.

The said they received 2,767 complaints in regarding "election irregularities, fraud, electoral crimes and violations of the by the Election Commission", news reported.

There are documents and proof that support the accuracy of the claims, which if true threaten the "fairness and transparency of the process", Rohani said, adding that the materials of at least 73 polling stations were moved from their original sites for the sake of fraud.

"The decision was taken after all complaints regarding were assessed and handled one by one and the problems and challenges in the process were professionally assessed and analyzed by the commission," said IECC

All votes in Kabul have been annulled and the election will be conducted again in the province, he added.

Kabul accounts for more than a quarter of the 4 million votes around cast around the country and holds 33 of the 250 seats in Parliament.

The IECC suspended at least five employees of the over the issue and fined them $1,300 each.

The suspended officials included Ahmad Shah Zamanzai, of the secretariat of the IEC, and Awla Rahman Rodwal, of the poll body for Kabul.

The charges against these and other IEC employees will be investigated and decided on later.

The primary results of the of more than half of the country's 33 provinces were announced over the past two weeks. The remaining results will be revealed over the coming days, officials said.

The results for Kabul were scheduled to be announced on December 1 but were delayed for weeks due to technical difficulties and recounts, before being invalidated by the IECC.



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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 17:30 IST