120 more Afghan candidates face charges of electoral violation

Published on Xinhuanet, Oct. 24, 2010.

A commissioner of UN-backed Afghan Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) on Sunday said the body is currently probing the cases with regard to electoral violation committed by 120 more candidates of the country’s legislative elections held on Sept. 18 … //

… Briefing reporters on the number of complaints, Rafat said ECC had received 5,315 post-election complaints as of Sunday and of these 1,797 ceases have been adjudicated and the decisions have been posted on ECC website. “Of those complaints over 2,000 have been classified as category A allegations, if proved may affect the election results in several polling stations,” he further said. 

The Sept. 18 polls was the second Afghan parliamentary election since the collapse of Taliban regime in 2001 held to elect members of the 249-seat Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of Afghanistan for the next five years.

Over 2,500 candidates including more than 400 women had contested the election and the final results are expected to be announced within three weeks. Under the Afghan electoral law the final results would not be announced unless all complaints are adjudicated. Over 4 million Afghans out of 11.4 million eligible voters braved Taliban attacks and had cast their votes on the voting day … (full text).

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