Votes tallied in most provinces: IEC
KABUL (Pajhwok): Counting of votes cast during Saturday’s presidential and provincial council polls has finished in most of the provinces with sensitive electoral materials taken back to local Independent Election Commission (IEC) offices in 15 provinces, an official said on Sunday.
IEC Secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel told reporters in Kabul votes were yet to be counted at some polling centres due to technical and security problems. However, he did not provide a specific number for such polling sites.
Sensitive electoral materials in other provinces would be shifted to local IEC offices before they were transferred to the central capital, he said and added work on finding the results was being launched tomorrow (Monday).
He said they would first announce partial results before initial and then final, but did not say when they were going to unveil the outcome.
Amarkhel said the elections had gone well and polling stations which ran out of ballot papers on the Election Day had been supplied with the materials.
Polling centres in Kabul’s 11th 13th and 17th municipal districts and some areas in central Bamyan provinces saw the voting continuing until 8pm, three hours beyond the official closing time of 5pm, Amarkhel said.
To a question, he confirmed receiving reports about electoral fraud at some polling centres. The official said 251 polling centres remained closed on the Election Day for a variety of factors, including violence, fraud and attempts at fraud.
The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission confirms formally receiving 1300 complaints so far. The IEC says it had arrangements for 13 million voters, but 7.5 million people cast their votes in the elections.
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