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Commission receives ballots from six provinces

KABUL: The ballots from six provinces (Kabul, Parwan, Khost, Nangarhar, Panjshir and Laghman) have been transported to Kabul and are being saved in the database of the Independent Election Commission, the commission’s officials said Friday.

“Our colleagues are gathering the ballots as they are arriving from six provinces. We hope that by the next day, ballots from all provinces arrive. Then the ballots will be scanned and saved in the system,” said Zabih Sadat, deputy spokesman of the election commission.

Initial results are due to be announced on November 10 and the final ones will be announced on December 21, according to a commission timetable. The commission is to separate black and white ballots within 16 days besides counting them.

But, the commission’s spokesman, Sayed Hafizullah Hashemi has said that final results would likely be announced with some delays due to some problems.

The October 20 election was held amid what was called “widespread fraud and violations”.

“There’s been less attention in maintaining the materials that will cause more problems. If the process goes ahead slowly, I am worried the commission could receive all the materials. If the results are announced late, it would affect the next year’s presidential election,” said Yousof Rashid, head of the Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA).

He emphasized on accuracy and speed in transporting of the electoral materials, saying that November 10 should be a red line in the results’ announcement.

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