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Vote recount completed in six provinces

Vote recount completed in six provinces

Mar 12, 2011 - 19:32

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): The recounting of votes, initiated after complaints of rigging in the Sept 18 parliamentary election, has been completed in six provinces, the special court chief said on Saturday.

The recount has been completed in Badakhshan, Helmand, Kandahar, Kunar, Kunduz and Samangan provinces, Siddiqullah Haqiq told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said the process, underway in 13 other provinces, would finish in western Herat province on Sunday.

Following a spate of protests from unsuccessful candidates, the tribunal was established on Dec. 26 to look into allegations of fraud in the election.

According to Haqiq, the process would be completed in all the 34 provinces. Without giving an exact date, he said they would try to do the job as soon as possible.

He denied releasing the findings, saying the information would be produced only at court hearings. Again, he would not give a specific date for such the hearings.

Haqiq lashed out at what he called "little cooperation" from the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon). "We appreciate IEC's cooperation, but they did not cooperate as much they should have."

Calling the panel unconstitutional, new lawmakers have asked President Hamid Karzai and the Supreme Court several times to abolish the court.

However, losing candidates argue abolition of the court was neither the president's nor the Supreme Court's authority and that the tribunal must continue with its work.


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