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‘Ballot boxes stuffed in Baghlan’s Tala wa Barfak district’

A number of Wolesi Jirga candidates on Thursday claimed no voting took place in Tala wa Barfak district of northern Baghan province, but ballot boxes were stuffed in some areas.
‘Ballot boxes stuffed in Baghlan’s Tala wa Barfak district’
One of the disgruntled candidates, Abdul Samad Hamid Poya, told Pajhwok Afghan News that voting in the Oct 20 Wolesi Jirga elections did not take place in the district because of the ongoing Taliban’s attacks.

However, he alleged, ballot boxes at some polling stations of the district were stuffed in favour of some candidates, saying they rejected the election and demanded a fair and transparent reelection in the district.

“We ask the Independent Election Commission to conduct fresh elections in the district if the electoral body wants to restore’s trust in it.”

Another candidate, Sher Ahmad Kazmi, also said no one cast vote in the Tala wa Barfak district, but ballot boxes were found filled.

“I am a resident of Tala wa Barfak district, on the election day despite being a candidate I could not go out of home, how common people would have voted,” he said.

He said around 10,000 people had registered as voters in the district, but none could exercise his/her right to enfranchise.

“A number of powerful men stuffed the ballot boxes and we don’t accept the elections,” he said.

Some other parliamentary hopefuls expressed similar views.

In this regard, IEC chief for Baghlan Abdul Qahir Wahab said they had not yet relieved formal report about the voting in the Tala wa Barfak district.

“There were 10 polling sites in the district and we were given the report that two polling stations were open on the election day, but we received no report later.”

About candidates’ allegation of rigging, he said clean and suspicious votes would be separated.

A day earlier, residents of Doshi district of Baghlan also demanded fresh elections in the district.
Source : Afghan Voice Agency(AVA)
Thursday 25 October 2018 16:15
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