Afghanistan

Afghan election commission fielded 3,000 complaints

Reuters

Afghanistan’s Electoral Complaints Commission says it received over 3,000 complaints about irregularities in Saturday’s parliamentary election. It says 1,388 complaints were about election day irregularities and another 1,700 were registered in the run-up to the polls.

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Officials in the southern provinces of Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan and Zabul say most complaints received related to allegations of multiple voting. 

But correspondent Lynne O'Donnell says that in view of the Taliban's determination to disrupt the polls, the election went well.

"When you think of that as an overlay for an election, and people still go out and vote, I think it went off as smoothly as could be expected," she says.
 

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Lynne O'Donnell, Kabul

Counting has been completed in most of the country's 34 provinces and first preliminary results are expected on Wednesday.

Final results, due on 31 October, can only be announced once complaints have been dealt with and the count certified by the Independent Election Commission.
 

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There are concerns that the ECC will have problems handling the volume of complaints, which are expected to rise as preliminary results are posted on its website.

More than 2,500 candidates stood for the 249 seats in contention in parliament's lower house. Election officials say more than four million Afghans voted on Saturday in their second parliamentary poll since the 2001 US-led invasion began.

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