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ECC statement on electoral complaints (Sept. 19)

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Source: ECC

Kabul City 19 September 2010

Update on Election Day

At 8 p.m. on the evening of Election Day (18 September), the Electoral Complaints Commission had received 126 officially registered written complaints at its Kabul HQ and as reported by its 34 Provincial Electoral Complaints Commissions (PECCs).

In addition, some 300 complaints were made in person or by telephone at the PECCs and some 1,000 at the Kabul HQ. In terms of ECC Regulations, such complaints will not be considered by the ECC/PECCs unless reduced to writing.

Complaints were most frequent from Kabul, Nangahar, Paktika, Helmand, Urozgan, Baghlan and Balkh, with some provinces reporting no formal complaints at all. The allegations were generally similar to those reported earlier on Election Day: delayed opening of polling centres, intimidation and threats, ineligible individuals voting, misuse of voter registration cards, proxy voting, poor ink quality, and shortages of ballot papers. Some of these have been addressed in the media by the IEC and by the State security institutions.

When the ECC receives a written complaint relating to a particular province, it is referred to the PECC concerned: the PECCs have primary jurisdiction in these matters. The ECC/PECCs categorise all written complaints in a triage procedure as Priority A, B or C, where an “A” complaint, if established, may affect the result of the election, a “B” complaint, even if established, cannot do so, and a “C” complaint is one that does not require further investigation. The entire procedure is time- consuming but the ECC wishes to reiterate that the results of all adjudications will be reported in due course .

Electoral Complaints Commission
Shashdarak Koche Afghanhaa, Opposite Setara High School
Kabul, Afghanistan

For further information please visit http://www.ecc.org.af
If questions remain, contact ECC Public Outreach – 079 834 0174/0131 – ecc.media@ecc.org.af

Written by namfrel

September 19, 2010 at 8:13 pm

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