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    IEC concerned over Barakzai's health condition

    KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday said it was concerned about the worsening health condition of the unseated female lawmaker, who has been on hunger strike for last 10 days.

    To ensure transparency in last year's parliamentary elections, the IEC is ready to provide information about the votes polled for Samin Barakzai and her replacement, Rahima Jami, the commission said in a statement.

    Barakzai was among nine sitting MPs expelled from parliament for alleged voter fraud by the election commission, which declared successful as many candidates previously certified as having lost the parliamentary polls.

    Hailing from western Herat province, the female lawmaker, who was unseated by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) in August, continued to deny food for the 10th consecutive day on Tuesday.

    On Monday, she vowed to continue her strike until death, saying the president and high ranking government officials would be responsible for her death.

    Barakzai has been on hunger strike in a tent in front of the national assembly.

    She read out her will to protesters in front of the Presidency on Monday, saying President Karzai, First Vice President Muhammad Qasim Fahim, Independent Election Commission (IEC) head Fazal Ahmad Manawi and Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdur Rauf Ibrahimi would be responsible, if she died.

    Rahim Jami, who replaces Barakzai, based on the IEC decision, said she was ready for another vote recount to prove her right.

    "Siman Barakzai should end her hunger strike because it does not solve her problem," she suggested.

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