Afghan ECC adjudicates over 4,500 electoral complaints for preliminary results   2010-10-16 21:07:34 FeedbackPrintRSS

KABUL, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Afghan Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) on Saturday announced that the body is adjudicating over 4,500 electoral complaints with some 54 percent of them if proved, can affect the outcome of legislative voting held on September 18.

"As of today the ECC has received 4,567 complaints and 4,274 out of the total complaints have been classified in three categories of A, B and C," Ahmad Zia Rafat the spokesman for ECC told reporters here.

He said that over 2,460 or 54 percent of the complaints prioritized in class (A) if proved would annul considerable ballots in several polling stations or a number of polling centers across the country's all 34 provinces.

However, according to Rafat allegations containing class (B) if proved cannot affect the result and the remaining part or class (C) of the complaints does not need further investigation.

The preliminary result of country's second parliamentary elections is expected on Sunday October 17.

"Once the preliminary results are posted on IEC (Independent Election Commission) website more complaints are expected," Rafat further said.

He also said that 775 cases of class (A) complaints had been investigated by ECC and decisions had already been posted on ECC website.

Amidst filing thousands cases of electoral fraud and vote riggings, Rafat said the ECC is adjudicating the cases of 175 candidates, who have been accused of electoral law violations, including 25 sitting members of the present parliament who stood for the second term.

Over 2,500 candidates with some 400 of them women had contested the voting to secure seat in the 249-seat Afghan Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of parliament.

According to Afghan electoral law, the final results, due late this month, can only be announced once all the complaints have been investigated thoroughly.

Special Report: Afghanistan Situation


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