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Technical problems hinder recount of ballots

Technical problems hinder recount of ballots

Feb 21, 2011 - 17:14

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The recount of ballots from the Sept. 18 parliamentary election did not start on Monday as scheduled due to a lack of personnel and some technical problems, officials said on Monday.

An order to recount the ballots was issued after reporter of widespread fraud in the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon election.

Sayed Sharif Sharif, head of a commission tasked with counting the ballots, blamed a shortage of staff for the delay.   

He said he went with a delegation to the election commission’s office to recount the ballots.

 “The head of the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon), Fazal Manawi, was cooperative, but the number of ballot boxes was so high and there were no trained personnel to count the votes.”

According to Manawai, the IEC had exhausted its budget during the election and let all of its staff go.

The recruiting of new personnel would require more money, Sharif quoted Manawi as saying. The IEC head also told him there were technical problems, although did not elaborate.

Hafizullah Hafiz, head of the complaints department at the Attorney General’s office, said they would try to get the situation fixed so that the court could do its job.

“We will suggest the Presidential Palace solves the budget problem,” he said, adding, that those people who had been trained in the process would need to be recruited again.


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