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5.6m afs candidates’ guarantee money not to refund

5.6m afs candidates’ guarantee money not to refund

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Jan 23, 2019 - 18:43

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Preliminary Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon election results show 1,687 candidates have secured less than 1,000 votes and as a result their over 50 million afghanis guarantee money would not be returned.

It is worth mentioning that among 173 candidates from the Kochi tribe, 125 hopefuls did not get even a single vote.

The Wolesi Jirga elections were contested by 2,676 candidates on October 20, 21 in 32 provinces of the country, while the voting took place in Kandahar province after a 10-day delay. The Wolesi Jirga polls in Ghazni province would be held simultaneously with the presidential election on July 20 this year.

The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon), after three months delay, announced the election results of 33 provinces and the Kochi constituency.

One of the IEC conditions is getting at least 1,000 votes in the election by a candidate. A candidate has to bring 1,000 Tazkeras at the time of registration candidacy.

Pajhwok Afghan News findings show 1,687 candidates secured less than 1,000 votes in the elections and even people whose Tazkeras they brought during the time of registration had not voted for them.

Zabihullah Sadaat, IEC deputy spokesman, said besides completing other formalities for nomination, a Wolesi Jirga candidate has to submit amount 30,000 afghanis with the IEC as guarantee money and candidates who were unable to win 1,000 votes could not receive the money back from the IEC.

Now the amount, which will not be returned to the 1,687 candidates, is accounted for 5.6 million afghanis and it will go to the state’s treasury.

IEC statistics show 620 candidates in Kabul out of the total 804 (or 77 percent) had received less than 1,000 votes.

In the Kochi constituency, 84 percent or 162 candidates received less than 1,000 votes while 125 candidates failed to get even a single vote. Elsewhere, 1,525 candidates collected from one to 999 votes.

In Baghlan, 59 percent, in Maidan Wardak 56 percent, in Kandahar 54 percent, in Balkh 52 percent, in Jawzjan, Nuristan and in Panjshir 50 percent candidates got less than 1,000 votes.

Similarly in Herat province 47 percent candidates, in Khost, Laghman, Sar-i-Pul 45 percent each, in Daikundi 44 percent, Nangarhar, Parwan 43 percent each, Takhar, Badghis 42 percent each, Badakhshan 38 percent, Samangan 32 percent, Ghorinfo-icon 31 percent, Bamyan 30 percent, Kunar 23 percent and in Nimroz 17 percent candidates have failed to meet the threshold.

In Sikh and Hindu minority constituency, one person contested the Wolesji Jirgainfo-icon election and secured 303 votes.

The IEC has already declared 239 candidates as winners in the preliminary election results.

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