Recount shows no vote polled in 13 Ghazni districts
GHAZNICITY(PAN): There had been no voting in 13 districts of southern Ghazni province during last year's parliamentary election and forged ballots were stuffed into ballot boxes, an official said on Sunday.
"A recount of votes in the province is going to bring 30 percent changes in the results of last year's poll due to widespread irregularities," Sher Agha Hanif, head of a 16-member team assigned with counting votes by a special court looking into fraud allegations, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The special court has ordered investigation into fraudulent votes polled in the Sept. 18 election. So far the recounting has been completed in 20 provinces and the process is ongoing in 13 other provinces.
"The vote recount in Ghazni shows widespread irregularities have been carried out by some candidates to win," Hanif said. "The special court has the authority to announce the outcome of the vote recount, we cannot do it," he said.
Differences among different tribes and political parties were also taken into consideration during the recount process, a losing female candidate from Malistan district, Amina Mujahid, said.
Abdul Nabbi Yousufi, representative of a former MP, Mahmood Gilani, said people would stage demonstrations and were ready to commit self-immolation if their rights were not respected.
Ballots in Giro, Waghaz, Gilan and Ajristan districts had been nullified after romours that some candidates had stuffed ballot boxes with forged votes.
Daud Sultanzaoi, a losing candidate from Ghazni, said if the vote was transparent, he was able to make it to the parliament.
All voting stations in Qarabagh, Moqur, Aab Band, Andar, Deh Yak, Zanakhan, Rashidan, Khugyani and Nawa districts remained closed due to threats from militants on the day of election. No residents in the said districts had used votes.
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