Votes from 19 Paktika polling sites thrown out
SHARAN (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) office in southeastern Paktika province on Friday announced invalidating ballots from 19 polling stations.
At a meeting, IECC Director Abdul Hamid Malang also announced imposing a fine of 75,000 afs on presidential runner Dr. Abdullah’s campaigner Attiqullah for committing fraud.
He said votes from eight polling stations in Orgun district, eight in Barmal and three in Khairkot had been thrown out on the basis of convincing evidence of irregularities.
Members of the Change and Continuity team, led by Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, and representatives of civil society organisations, media and political parties attended the gathering.
Malang said 26 complaints of anomalies had been registered with the IECC office in Paktika. “The 18 complaints filed at IECC head office in Kabul have been referred to us for investigation.”
Of the 11,400 cancelled votes, up to 10,000 had been polled by Abdullah, whose campaign manager could not be contacted for comments.
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