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Hearing into PC candidates' complaints begins

Hearing into PC candidates' complaints begins

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May 31, 2014 - 12:49

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Saturday began a hearing into more than 3,000 complaints lodged by Provincial Council (PC) candidates against alleged fraud during the April provincial council elections.

The week-long public hearing is being attended by representatives of presidential runners, human rights bodies, civil societyinfo-icon organizations, media and election observers.

IECC Chairman Abdul Sattar Saadat told Pajhwok Afghan News the complaints concerning fraud and violations of law would be addressed in the presence of candidates' representatives.

He said the objections had been divided into zones and currently complaints from the northwestern zone comprising Samangan, Balkh, Jawzjan, Sar-I-Pul and Faryab provinces were being addressed.

IECC Secretary Nader Mohseni told reporters the public hearing would continue for six days. In addition to candidates’ representatives, he said, other people could also oversee the process.

Complaints from Baghlan, Badakhshan and Kunduz provinces in the northeastern zone would be addressed tomorrow.

According to the IECC, complaints from Herat, Badghis, Nimroz, Farah and Helmand provinces are to be taken up for hearing next Tuesday and on Wednesday from Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar, Nuristan, Paktika, Paktia and Khost.

Complaints from the central zone -- Kabul, Kapisa, Parwan, Wardak, Logar, Panjsher, Bamyan, Ghazni and Daikundi -- would be reviewed and addressed on Thursday.

For the last one week, hundreds of failed PC candidates in some provinces, including Kabul, have been protesting against the initial results, saying widespread fraud had been committed in the April 5 elections.

Of 2,600 individuals nominated for the provincial council, 458 of them declared successful.

The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) announced preliminary results of PC candidates on May 20 and final results were set to be made public on June 7. But the final result could be delayed until June 12.

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