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Protestors want special court ruling enforced

Protestors want special court ruling enforced

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Aug 14, 2011 - 16:59

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Parliamentary candidates, declared winners by a special election tribunal on June 23, staged a protest demonstration on Sunday, asking the government to implement the court ruling.

The special court, set up to probe allegations of fraud in last year's parliamentary elections, ruled that rigging had occurred in 33 of Afghanistaninfo-icon’s 34 provinces. It disqualified 62 of the 249 sitting MPs, nearly a quarter of the lower house, on the basis of a vote recount.

During the demonstration, Daud Sultanzoi, a beneficiary of the ruling, asked President Hamid Karzai to enforce the court's verdict at the earliest so that all matters related to the issue were solved.

The candidate from southern Ghazni province said Karzai had handed authority to the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) to make a decision on the court's ruling to resolve the lingering issue.

"No one can challenge the court verdict," Sultanzoi said, explaining the election commission had to play the role of a respondent in the case and had no right to deliver a judgment. He alleged the IEC wanted to create hurdles to enforcement of the ruling.

Another candidate from northern Badakhshan province, Abdul Shakoor Waqif, said implementation of the court ruling would help prevent rigging in future elections.

He said they had moved the court against the election commission and the court had announced its decision. "It is our right and our rights be protected."

Another candidate from northwestern Badghis province, Azita Rifat, warned their protest would continue until the court verdict was implemented.

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