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IECC revises decision, Kabul initial Wolesi Jirga results to re-announce in a week

IECC revises decision, Kabul initial Wolesi Jirga results to re-announce in a week

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Apr 28, 2019 - 18:12

 KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Sunday canceled inspection and recount of Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon election votes of the capital Kabul, saying the results of the poll from Kabul would be announced again based on original forms of the Election Day within a week.

The IECC officials, however, said Kabul Wolesi Jirga election would probably be invalidated if the results based on original forms faced any problems.

Mohammad Qasim Elyasi, IECC secretary, talking to a press conference here said, “The IECC with the agreement of all its members decided to announce the initial Wolesi Jirga election results of Kabul based on original forms of the Election Day which fortunately are in our access, the results based on the recount process is invalidated,”

“We started work on the original forms from today and we hope to announce the Wolesi Jirga election results from Kabul until the end of this week and Kabul representatives would be present in the parliament next Saturday,” he said.

He said wide scale fraud had happened to Kabul Wolesi Jirga election during the votes recount process and he added that was the reason to make decision based on the original forms.

This would be the final decision of the IECC but if faced with any problem or obstacles during reviewing the original forms, the next option is invalidating all Kabul votes, he said.

“We hope we would be able to ensure justice to some extend considering to documents we have access to,” he said.

“Hundreds of cases related to the election had exist but they lacked documents and evidences and we could not reach a tangible result by following all these cases one by one,” he said.

Elyasi said that after consulting with election related institutes, political parties, protesting and top candidates, they have reached a conclusion the only way to ensure justice was to make a decision based on the original results and forms of the Election Day.

There were 3,341 polling sites in Kabul and 20,000 forms which have to be reviewed before the announcement of the election results.

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