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ECC’s First Public Review of Complaints



KABUL – On Wednesday, officials of the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) began addressing complaints registered after the release of preliminary results to the media. Officials of the ECC said that a total of 121 complaints were registered against the preliminary results of the presidential elections, of which nine complaints were broadcasted to the public.

After today’s announcement, the ECC has eight days to investigate, decide and publicize the complaints and send their final verdict to the Independent Elections Commission (IEC). The media, members of presidential campaigns, observers and civil society activists were present during the statement.

Five out of nine complaints broadcasted today were registered by Abdullah Abdullah’s team asking for further details about the votes in northern Kunduz, Baghlan and western Herat provinces. The remaining three complaints were registered by Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai’s team stating that further details must be provided about the invalidated votes from the 525 polling sites.

The last of the nine complaints was registered by Daoud Sultanzoy’s team that expressed the same concerns as Ghani and his team: details must be provided about the invalidated votes of the 525 sites. IEC officials addressed Ghani and Sultanzoy’s concern about the votes from the 525 polling sites stating that these votes were determined invalid because majority did not have a signature from the head of the polling sites. ECC officials will finalize their decision on the nine complaints announced Wednesday by the end of the dayAn election official sorts the ballot paper at the polling station in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar

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