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Decision on poll results next week: IEC

Decision on poll results next week: IEC

Aug 18, 2011 - 14:41

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) announced on Thursday it had delayed its decision on last year's parliamentary election results to next week.

In June, a special election tribunal ruled in favour of throwing out 62 lawmakers, a quarter of the 249-seat Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon, or lower house of Parliament.

Last week, President Karzai ordered the IEC to enforce the verdict of the five-judge panel, which was set up in late December 2010 to look into complaints of poll irregularities.

In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, IEC spokesman Tabesh Ferogh said the commission could not decide on the poll outcome due to complications in the process and growing pressure from the Supreme Court.

He did not elaborate on the pressure from the apex court. Pajhwok tried to reach Supreme Court officials for comments on the issue, but could not succeed.

Tabesh did not rule out changes in the final results, suggesting some sitting members of Parliament could be unseated in line with the tribunal's judgment.

After being authorised by Karzai to decide on the controversy regarding the election results, the commission said it would announce its decision this week.

Ferogh said the decision would be taken next week if others did not interfere in the matter. He called the establishment of a board and procedures to address the stalemate as the commission's achievements during the current week.   

The tribunal's ruling, declaring 62 failed candidates as successful, was unacceptable to the IEC, he said, explaining the commission was not obliged to enforce it.

He said that Karzai's decree had given the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECCinfo-icon) powers to the IEC. According to him, the IEC was considering the special court judgment as an election complaint.

"Establishment of the special court, its interference in election results and the final decision were all unconstitutional," Ferogh insisted. He said the commission was looking into complaints and would announce its decision based on its datainfo-icon and documents.

"If we have proofs that certain candidates have not been done justice, IEC chief Fazal Ahmad Manawi has hinted at changes in the results."  However, he added it was too early to predict the impact of changes.

Although the commission had already done its duty, it stepped in again to end the controversy surrounding the poll results in the supreme national interest, the spokesman concluded.



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