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UN allegation baseless: AG

UN allegation baseless: AG

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Feb 19, 2011 - 18:47

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Attorney General's Office on Saturday rejected as baseless the allegation of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon (UNAMA) that it had taken away ballot boxes from the election commission as a result of a raid.

On Wednesday, UNAMA chief, Stefan de Mistura, alleged that the AGO officials had conducted a raid on the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) and had taken away ballot boxes. He called the action a blow to the independence of election bodies and judicial organs.

But the AG Office rejected the allegation as baseless, saying the ballot boxes had been sealed in consultation with IEC officials, and that no use of force was involved. The AG asked the top UN diplomat to avoid issuing baseless statements that could mislead public opinion.

The UNAMA also said that the mission and the international community would not support any measure that could alter the final results of the September 18, 2010 elections.

In the wake of widespread fraud allegations, the election commission had thrown out 1.3 million votes cast during the parliamentary elections.

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