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Simultaneous elections idea flopped: Sadat

Simultaneous elections idea flopped: Sadat

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Oct 09, 2014 - 19:50

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Holding two elections simultaneously has proven a failure in Afghanistaninfo-icon, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) chief said on Thursday.

Abdul Sattar Sadat said two simultaneous elections should not be repeated in future in order to prevent large-scale rigging.

He told reporters in Kabul fraud incidents would have been less if the presidential and provincial council (PC) elections had been conducted separately.

Sadat said the complaints’ investigation process had been completed in a transparent manner and justice had been largely done.

He blamed delays in investigation into complaints on lack of cooperation with the watchdog from the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon).

The provincial council elections were held simultaneously with the first round of presidential election on April 5.

The announcement of results from the provincial council election was delayed due to the disputed second round of the presidential vote.

Around 2,600 contenders, including 308 womeninfo-icon, contested the council elections.

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