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    Results announced after weeks of delays

    KABUL (PAN): The final results of the September 18 parliamentary election were announced on Wednesday after weeks of delays to allow officials to investigate thousands of allegations of fraud.

    KABUL (PAN): The final results of the September 18 parliamentary election were announced on Wednesday after weeks of delays to allow officials to investigate thousands of allegations of fraud.

    KABUL (PAN): The final results of the September 18 parliamentary election were announced on Wednesday after weeks of delays to allow officials to investigate thousands of allegations of fraud.

    The Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief, Fazal Ahmad Manawi, said there had been numerous problems in the election process, but that they had been able to separate all the fraudulent ballots. He would not say how many there were, though.

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    Manawi said the results had been tallied from among the Kuchis and all but one province, Ghazni, which was postponed for a week, because of technical problems.  

    He said 27 new names had been added to the list of 249 winners and that the results were declared according to the law without interference of government.

    "There was no tribal, language or positional discrimination in the process of announcing the results," he said.

    Rejecting criticism of his commission, he said there had been no violation of the final list and there would be no revisions as all complaints had been investigated by the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC).

    Whiel he acknowledged that there may have been some corrupt workers among the 86000 employess, thos in positions of influence were not involved. "I don't say that all the workers were not involved in any sort of corruption, but about the high level workers I can guarantee," he said.

    The final results were expected to be announced on October 30, but were delayed to give the ECC more time to investigate claims of fraud and irregularities

    The preliminary results, which were due out on October 9, also were delayed for three weeks similar reasons. The IEC invalidated about 1.3 million ballots ,  disqualified 413 candidates and 11,000 IEC workers were introduced to ECC.

    The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan said the invalidation of 1.3 million ballots was against the electoral law. But the IEC said most of the votes included those ballot boxes filled in favour of particular candidates.

    The disqualification of candidates and accusations against the IEC has sparked protests over recent days.

    The Attorney General's office had asked the IEC to allow them to investigate some of the invalidated votes, after repeated complaints by candidates, but was turned down

    The ECC said it had received about 6,000 complaints, about 2,500 of which had affected the final results.

    As a result, about 23 candidates, who had been declared winners in the preliminary list had their names removed and 413 candidates were referred to the Attorney General for investigation.

    A large number of candidates and their supporters in various provinces and in the capital city of Kabul protested against the decisions of the ECC and IEC. The protesters asked the officials to review their decisions.

     

    About 2,500 candidates from all 34 provinces stood for 249 seats in Parliament. According to the IEC, 5.6 million ballots were cast on the day of the election and about 4.5 million were declared credible.

    Prior to the election, officials said about 5,816 polling centres would be opened, but 387 were closed due to security reasons. In 15 districts, voting was cancelled due to security.

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