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November 28, 2010
Democracy International just issued the following press release. For media in Afghanistan, please contact Mary Cummins on +93 (0) 796209934 In the U.S, Jed Ober at +1-928-202-0028 or jober@democracyinternational.com AUTHORITY OF AFGHAN ELECTION INSTITUTIONS SHOULD BE RESPECTED Kabul, Nov 28 – U.S.-based Democracy International, which deployed 80 international observers to September’s parliamentary elections in Afghanistan, on Sunday called on all Afghan and international...
October 28, 2010
KABUL, Oct 28 -- The Electoral Complaints Commission on Thursday annulled 36 more polling stations and disqualified two successful candidates in the preliminary results for Sar-i-Pul and Baghlan provinces because, the ECC said, they failed to resign their positions in the Defense Ministry. The polling stations are in Ghor, Herat, Zabul, Kabul, Kunduz, Khost and Uruzgan provinces. All were closed on the grounds of serious electoral offences, the ECC said. The disqualified candidates are...
October 24, 2010
Photo of Ghoryani from candidate's website KABUL, Oct 24 -- The Electoral Complaints Commission has delisted the top winning candidate of Herat Province, Hajji Nisar Ahmad Faizi Ghoryani, for failing to resign from his government position. Ghoryani won 17,906 votes in the preliminary results for the 2010 Wolesi Jirga elections. The ECC also announced at a press conference Sunday that the Independent Election Commission had reported to it a further 96 candidates accused of committing fraud...
October 20, 2010
KABUL, Oct 19 – The Independent Election Commission said on Wednesday it had nullified 1.3 million votes, nearly a quarter of the 5.6 million votes cast in last month’s Wolesi Jirga election, saying that while the election had been a success, “the fact that we have annulled over a million votes is an acknowledgment of the fact that there have been problems. But we did our best in very difficult circumstances.” Fazl Ahmad Manawi, IEC chairman, was speaking at a press...
October 17, 2010
KABUL, Oct 17 – The Independent Election Commission said on Sunday it was postponing announcement of the preliminary results of the Wolesi Jirga election for at least three days “to be more accurate and precise.” The IEC had said on Saturday it would announce the preliminary results of the Wolesi Jirga election on Sunday, according to local media. The IEC had on Oct 5 postponed announcement of the preliminary result from Oct 9 to Oct 17, or Sunday.  The preliminary...
October 16, 2010
KABUL, Oct 16 – The Electoral Complaints Commission has apparently extended the period candidates are permitted to respond to complaints the ECC has sustained against them from three to five days. The ECC told a news conference Saturday that “in the interests of justice the ECC is giving the candidates in question personal notice of the charges agains t them and is granting them five days from the time they are notified to defend themselves against the allegations.” The...
October 16, 2010
KABUL, Oct 16 – The Independent Election Commission said on Saturday it would announce the preliminary results of the Wolesi Jirga election on Sunday, Pajhwok reported. “We are determined to announce the results of the remaining 35 polling centres, which includes the entire 34 provinces and nomad Kuchis by tomorrow,” Noor told Pajhwok Afghan News. The IEC said Oct 5 that it would postpone announcement of the preliminary result from Oct 9 to Oct 17, or Sunday.  The...
October 13, 2010
Kabul, Oct 13 - The Electoral Complaints Commission has annulled all the votes cast in the province of Herat for the brother of Herat’s mayor, Muhammad Salim Taraki, and filed a formal complaint against the mayor with the attorney general. ECC spokesperson, Ahmad Zia Rafat, told a press conference Wednesday that all the votes cast in all of the polling centers of Herat province for Muhammad Halim Taraki have been annulled by the ECC. Mr. Taraki, a candidate in September 18...
October 09, 2010
KABUL, Oct 9 – The Independent Election Commission said on Saturday it had nullified part or all of the votes from 442 polling centers, and has ordered audits and recounts of 828 more. It has also referred 29 more candidates to the Electoral Complaints Commission for alleged fraud, bringing to 171 the number of candidates referred to the ECC. On October 5 it said (pdf) it had nullified the votes of 227 polling centers and ordered recounts 339. The IEC said it approved and announced...
October 07, 2010
Kabul, Oct 7 – The Electoral Complaints Commission on Thursday summarized some of the details from the Complaints Statistics on its website. The commission says it has effectively completed categorizing the complaints, since those it has yet to categorize, or triage—about 100 of the 4,000 received—will probably be dismissed for arriving too late. Nearly 1,000 complaints were received from Sept 22—after the three-day period in which complaints are ordinarily allowed. Out-of-time complaints may...
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