press conference

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 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.”

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.”

October 05, 2010

Kabul, Oct 5 – The Independent Election Commission said Tuesday it was postponing release of the preliminary election results until Oct. 17. They had originally been scheduled to be completed later this week.

September 30, 2010

These are our notes from today’s press conference at the Independent Election Commission.

The IEC chairperson Fazl Ahmad Manawi spoke at a press conference today at the IEC headquarters. At the conference he announced partial results for Kabul, Balkh, and Badakhshan provinces. He also said that the results for other 28 provinces have been processed and would be announced soon.

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