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Vote audit, recount process to begin tomorrow: IEC

Vote audit, recount process to begin tomorrow: IEC

Nov 07, 2019 - 18:31

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) on Thursday said it was dispatching teams to provinces to commence the vote recount and audit process tomorrow (Friday).

IEC Secretary Habib Rahman Nang told Pajhwok Afghan News that the IEC leadership decided last night to send a three-member team to provinces for audit and recount of votes and the process will begin from tomorrow when the teams would reach provinces.

The IEC delegation is comprised of two technical persons and one permanent member of the commission, he said.

He said all the teams will travel to some provinces by road and to others by air. “The process of audit and recount will kick off in coordination with local IEC offices. If observers don’t create problem during the recount, the process can end in four to five days,” said Nang.

Earlier, the IEC had said that votes of 8,494 polling stations will be audited and recounted.

According to a document, most of the identified polling stations that will be audited and recounted are in following ten provinces.

In Kabul 1,197 polling stations,  in Nangarhar 841, Kandahar 783, Paktia 740, Baghlan 722, Helmand 542, Paktika 407, Ghazni 402, Khost 350 and in Badakhshan 322 polling stations.

Mohammad Younis Nawandesh, the observer of Stability and Partnership team, during a chat with media persons said that until the total number of participants in elections was not identified, the recount will not be result oriented.

He acknowledged that preparation to dispatch teams for audit and recount had been made, but  cautioned the concerns of election teams should be addressed before starting the process.

Abdul Qader Hodkhel, observer of the State Builder team, said if the process of recount was not commenced soon, the announcement of preliminary results will be delayed.

He demanded prompt start to the recount process and warned against further delay of the September 28 poll result.



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