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ECC Announces Decisions on Hundreds of Thousands of Disputed Votes

ECC Announces Decisions on Hundreds of Thousands of Disputed Votes

KABUL - Afghanistan's Electoral Complaints Commission on Wednesday announced its decisions about hundreds of thousands of disputed votes from September 28 presidential election.
On the 137,630 suspicious votes, ECC chairwoman Zuhra Bayan Shinwari said that 309 polling stations (10 percent) of 3,097 stations where the votes were recorded are subject to special audit.
She said that all such votes will be validated if 65 percent of the polling stations are found to meet criteria of having biometric records, journals and result sheets, and if not, all the polling stations where such votes were recorded will be audited.
On the 102,012 votes outside polling hours, 1,103 polling stations (15 percent) of 7,354 stations where the votes were recorded are subject to special audit. If 65 percent of the polling stations are found to have biometric records, journals and result sheets, all such votes will be valid and if not all the votes will be invalidated.
On complaint about 2,423 polling stations without biometric verification, 298 polling stations are subject to recount.
On the difference between the number of votes in result sheet and biometric devices in a polling station, Shinwari suggested that votes from such a station are valid if there is a difference of 1-5 votes.
She also said that head of election office in Panjsir and administrative manager of the office were fined 10,000 and 5,000 afghanis each respectively.
Moreover, votes from four polling stations in Faryab were invalidated, she said.
Shinwari said that it had addressed all the 16,500 complaints and 6,200 appeals. (1TV NEWS)