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Recount shows vote massively rigged

Recount shows vote massively rigged

Mar 22, 2011 - 19:33

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): A recount of votes polled in last year's parliamentary election in many provinces showed the vote had been massively rigged, a losing candidate said on Tuesday.

Ordered by a special court looking into allegations of fraud in the Sept. 18 ballot, the recount could replace 100 winning candidates with losing ones, if approved, Daud Sultanzoyi, who did not make it to the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon from Ghazni, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

"Unofficial outcome of the vote recount indicates about 100 winning candidates will be replaced," he said, but did not give details. "We are now waiting for the special tribunal to decide," he said.

Another failed candidate from Kabul, Kabir Ranjbar, predicted 70 percent changes in the list of winning candidates if the outcome of the ongoing vote recount process was implemented.

"We will not sit calm until the constitution is implemented," Sardar Mohammad Rahman Ughli, another poll loser, said.

Losing candidates say they are waiting for the special tribunal to hand down its final verdict on the recount outcome amid calls from winning candidates seeking dissolution of the court.

Second secretary of the Parliament, Ahmad Behzad, said recount of votes was responsibility of the Electoral Complaints Commission, not the special tribunal.


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