Afghanistan election 2018: Counting of votes to begin once transfer phase wraps up
AT Monitoring Desk-Afghanistan’s election commission will begin counting votes cast during a two-day parliamentary election once the snail-paced transfer of all ballots from the provinces is finished, the poll panel said Wednesday.
The time window will open for the election commission to begin the official counting of votes after the process of transfer of all ballots is wrapped up, said chief of the Independent Election Commission Abdulbadi Sayyad while speaking at a press conference on Wednesday.
“The ballots will be meticulously scrutinized and bogus and fraudulent ones will be invalidated; clean and valid votes will only be tallied.”
Sayyad assured the nation that no vote will go to waste and the fraudulent votes will be annulled.
He reiterated the commission’s unabated endeavor to hinder interference and fraudulence in elections. “We are observing and any middling will not be tolerated. Under no circumstance will the election commission allow any candidate win a seat in the parliament through fraud.”
Elaborating on the transfer process, Sayyad said: “We have hitherto received ballot boxes and elections materials from Parwan and Panjshir provinces and expect to receive the remaining from other provinces with the assistance of security forces.”
He touted high voter turnout in the election and said: “Our brave people defied the unbridled threat of the Taliban and turned out in the elections in high numbers to democratically determine the country’s fate,” he said.
Mr. Sayyad prayed for the departed souls of martyrs lost their lives during polling day and wished quick recovery to the wounded.
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