Most of MPs from Baghlan elected illegally: poll losers
KABUL (PAN): Losing candidates in Baghlan on Tuesday claimed almost half of parliamentarians from the northern province had made their way to the Wolesi Jirga (lower house of the parliament, illegally.
Established in December, a special election court looking into allegations of fraud in the Sept. 18 parliamentary election had completed a vote recount in seven provinces, with the process still continuing in 15 other provinces.
Failed candidates in Baghlan, where a vote recount was completed on Tuesday, said that four of eight MPs from the province had rigged the vote.
A losing candidate, Atiqullah, said he had won 7,000 votes but was failed, while 50 percent of the successful candidates obtained 1,800 to 2,000 votes. He said they were waiting for the court to hand down its final verdict.
Mohammad Naseem Modabir, another poll loser, said the recount showed votes cast for four sitting MPs, including a woman, were not enough to help them find their way to the parliament.
Daud Shah, acting chief of Baghlan's court of appeal, said the recount process was completed on Monday.
When asked about the outcome, he said," This is something belonged to the special court, I can't say anything about this."
On Monday, two MPs who met President Hamid Karzai told Pajhwok Afghan News that the president had assured them that the court would be dissolved by next Sunday and that they should not worry about the panel's verdict.
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