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High percentage partial results next week: Noor

High percentage partial results next week: Noor

Apr 17, 2014 - 23:01

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) on Thursday said it was announcing next week a second batch of partial results of a high percentage from the April 5 presidential elections.

Noor Mohammad Noor, the IEC spokesman, told reporters in Kabul it would be a high percentage result, but did not provide a specific time and date.

He said ballot papers from all the provinces had reached the IEC’s main office in Kabul and that the process of compiling partial results was ongoing as planned.

The IEC on Sunday announced partial results based on 10 percent votes, a tally that puts Abdullah Abullah in the lead and his closest rival Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in second place.

The 10 percent or 506,000 votes had come from 26 of the country’s 34 provinces. IEC officials said the next results would include ballots from all the provinces.

Noor said they had recounted votes polled at 217 polling centres of the 500 sites believed to be suspicious and the sites were in 24 provinces.

He said they were recounting votes of another 500 polling centres in response to a request from the Independent Electoral Commission (IECC).

His remarks come a day after the IECC called for suspect ballots boxes to be put in the quarantine.

However, the IECC spokesman said it was later agreed with the IEC that votes of suspect ballot boxes should be recounted.

While the IEC spokesman, Noor, said quarantining ballot boxes was aimed at separating fraudulent votes from valid ones. He added their investigation into quarantined ballot boxes and the recount process went ahead.



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