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MPs praise turnout in irregularities-hit polls

MPs praise turnout in irregularities-hit polls

Oct 24, 2018 - 18:36

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members on Wednesday said irregularities like massive rigging, missing votes and depriving many of casting their ballots plagued the recently-conducted elections to the lower house of parliament.

The Wolesi Jirga elections were conducted on October 20 and 21 in 32 provinces of the country, in which around four million people cast their votes.

Nazir Ahmad Hanifi, a Wolesi Jirga member from western Herat province, who also contested polls, hailed people’s participation in the process but complained hundreds of people were deprived of right to vote due to late opening of polling stations and technical issues.

Heli Ershad, a Kochi representative and candidate, said: “I and my family’s 21 members voted at Habibia High School despite our names were missing from the first voter list, but next day, it was announced I had grabbed only four votes.”

She said the issue had been shared with the IECinfo-icon and called for separation of transparent and fraudulent votes.

“Hundreds of people were unable to cast their votes in Kabul. The election commission committed negligence in this regard, which should not be repeated in future,” she said.

Mohammad Hashim Mahdavi, a lawmaker from Kabul province who also contested the elections, termed the polls as rigged and said hundreds of people in Kabul could not vote for different reasons.

But Hamdullah Mowahid, a candidate and sitting lawmaker from Nuristan province, said the Oct 20 elections were transparent as compared to the previous elections.

He said votes cast after biometric verification were transparent and votes that skipped the biometric process were fraudulent and should be quarantined.

Amir Khan Yar, second deputy speaker who contested the elections from Nangarhar, hailed the participation of people in the democratic exercise.

He said people and security forces offered sacrifices on the election ay: “Now it is the electoral bodies’ turn to do justice with responsibilities.”

He asked the IEC not to allow any individual to interfere in the election process and make sure no one could enter the new Wolesi Jirga through power and money.




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