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Closed polling stations to be open tomorrow: IEC

Closed polling stations to be open tomorrow: IEC

Oct 20, 2018 - 16:25

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) on Saturday acknowledged some technical problems plagued the voting process and announced that polling stations which were closed for some reasons today would be open tomorrow (Sunday) for voters.

IEC chief Abdul Baday Sayyad confirmed some technical problems in the voting process at a press conference here and said central and provincial IEC officials had been ordered to immediately deal with the problem.

He said the IEC had decided to technically resolve problems where biometric system did not work or not had arrived and if the issue persisted, precautionary tools or closed stations should be used.

“If problems still persist, the voting process should continue based on the voter lists and local IEC heads and observers should write the issue in detail in the journal with confirmation of observers,” he said.

“In polling stations where officers arrived late or electoral materials reached late, the voting time there has been extended to 6pm and all those waiting in lines would be given the chance to cast their votes,” he added.

Sayyad said polling stations which remained shut until 1pm would be open tomorrow (Sunday) for voters to cast their votes.

About concerns regarding the biometric system, the IEC chief said  one reason behind the problem was absence of officers trained in using the system.

However, he said people should not worry about their votes as their votes would not be missed or misused once polled.

The IEC has also decided to resend a new copy of voter lists to polling stations where names of some voters were missing or wrong spelled.



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