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Special vote audit ends, final result soon: IEC

Special vote audit ends, final result soon: IEC

Feb 17, 2020 - 19:45


KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) on Monday announced wrapping up the special vote audit process and said based on initial reports over 137,000 controversial votes and over 102,000 votes cast outside polling time might be declared valid.

Earlier, the IEC said that both election bodies have agreed on a mechanism for the special audit of 10 percent of total 137,630 votes and 15 percent of the total 102,012 votes.

IEC Secretariat said under the IEC decision, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) would conduct a special audit of 10 percent biometric data of the 137,630 votes and 15 percent biometric data of the 102,012 votes.

IEC Commissioner Mohammad Hanif Danishyar told reporters here that the special audit process came to an end at around 9:00am last night.

He said controversial votes and those cast outside official time could meet IEC standards and would be given validity.

He added IEC discharged its duties in line with the law and would soon end the long wait of people about poll result.

IEC Secretary Habiburrahman Nang told reporters that the special audit and recount process of some polling station ended in front of ECCinfo-icon representatives.

He said after arrival of fresh result sheets from provinces and their entry into the system, the final result of the election would be announced.

It comes as the Stability and Partnership team has warned of quitting the election process and warned the masses were not compelled to accept fraudulent result.

IEC began the special audit and recount process of votes two days back in Badakhshan, Takhar, Faryab, Ghazni, Nangarhar, Helmand, Kandahar and Kabul provinces.

IEC has arranged a system that would randomly make percentage of votes from polling stations of every province for the process of special audit.

The members of both commissions have welcomed the development of such a system and approved it.

After approval of the system to randomly pick votes from polling stations for special audit, 10 percent votes would be chosen from 137,630 and 15 percent from 102, 012 for the special inspection of its data.




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