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Vote recount to trigger crisis, warns FEFA

Vote recount to trigger crisis, warns FEFA

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Mar 06, 2011 - 20:18

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Afghanistaninfo-icon's election poll monitoring group on Sunday warned that the ongoing parliamentary vote recount process could push the country into a prolonged political crisis.

A special court looking into fraud allegations ordered the recount following protests by losing candidates, who called for a probe into results. The vote recount is currently underway in 15 provinces.

"Last year's election was massively rigged and the recount is no solution; rather it may plunge the country into another political crisis," Jandad Spinghar, the executive head of Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan, told a press conference in Kabul.

Without commenting on the special court's legitimacy, he said it would have been better to investigate criminal cases in the election instead of recounting votes.

Spinghar said the election bodies had violated electoral regulations and their officials should have been tried.

He said recounting votes was not the responsibility of judicial organs, though the Attorney General's Office says fraud and irregularities in election is a crime.

"If criminal cases are investigated and the violators identified and punished, it would have been a lesson for candidates, election officials and workers," he said.

He asked the government to improve the country's electoral system, its regulations and bodies.

The FEFA official blamed the Presidential Palace for ignoring their demands: "The election commission officials should be asked for violations of electoral regulations instead of probing individual cases," he added.

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