Recount shows vote rigged in Kunar: official
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A recount of suspicious ballots in eastern Kunar province showed fraud had taken place during last year’s parliamentary election, an official said on Tuesday.
Ten days ago, a special investigation court in Kabul ordered a recount of votes at some polling stations in the province, the court of appeal chief, Syed Alam Nikozai, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The recounting, which was completed late Tuesday, involved officials from the governor's office, courts, judicial, hajj, intelligence departments and the prosecutor office and police, he said.
Votes in 302 ballot boxes that had been tainted by allegations of fraud and other irregularities were recounted, Nikozai, said.
They concluded that fraud had been carried out at a number of polling stations.
A report about irregularities, fraud and ballot stuffing was sent to Kabul, the official said, but provided no further details.
Meanwhile, a number of disgruntled parliamentary candidates have called on the court to take action after it was shown the results were tainted.
Mohammad Ayan, one of the 24 candidates who failed to win a seat in Parliament, said they supported the special court and wanted justice.
A recount was also held in southern Helmand province, the primary court chief said.
Votes cast during the election were being counted in the presence of representatives of winning and losing candidates, Abdul Majeed, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Suspected ballot boxes were being examined to determine the extent of irregularities and fraud, he said.
Losing candidates said they hoped the process would bring about a positive outcome.
Mohammad Hashim Alokozy, one of the candidates who did not make the winning list from Sangin district, said they were allowed to closely monitor the recount process. He said the process would bring changes to the results announced by the election commission.
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