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    Governance

    Habibi appointed as new IEC secretary

     KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Thursday announced electing Ahmad Javed Habib as secretary.



    Security and Crime

    Militants execute Ghor ALP commander

    FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): An Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander was executed publicly after being captured by Taliban in the Charsadda district of western Ghor province, an official said Thursday.



    Governance

    Ballot-invalidating system starts working

    KABUL (Pajhwok): A computerised system for separating genuine and bogus votes started working at the Independent Election Commission (IEC) office here in the presence of representatives of both presidential candidates on Tuesday.



    Governance

    Vote auditing postponed yet again

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) once again postponed for 24 hours the vote auditing process on Saturday after presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah disagreed with the UN-proposed criteria for invalidation of suspected ballots. 



    Security and Crime

    Protestors accuse foreign spies of massacre

    FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people on Saturday took to the streets against the killing of 15 civilians in western Ghor province, calling the massacre un-Islamic and the handiwork of regional intelligence agencies.



    Governance

    Presidential ballot scrutiny suspended yet again

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The vote audit at the Independent Election Commission (IEC) headquarters in Kabul was suspended for a third time on Saturday.



    Governance

    Reporters briefly barred from covering vote audit

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) prevented journalists for hours from coverage of the vote audit process, an official said on Tuesday.



    Governance

    Deal hailed as a stride toward transparency

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The election commissions on Sunday commended agreement between the presidential runners, calling a full audit of votes a major stride toward transparency in the process.



    Business & Economics

    High gas prices blamed on smuggling

     

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) on Thursday linked high gas prices to its smuggling to Pakistan, saying the petroleum and gas department had lost $57 million in revenue as a result.



    Governance

    420 election complaints, appeals addressed

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Tuesday said that hundreds of appeals and complaints from southern and southeastern zones had been addressed.