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ECC statement on complaints received (Sept. 20)

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Source: ECC

Kabul City 20 September 2010

Formal complaints received

ECC Regulations lay down that a complaint must generally be filed within three days of the event concerned or of it having become known to the complainant. This means that the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) and the PECCs (Provincial Electoral Complaints Commissions) can expect to receive complaints concerning polling and counting over the next few days.

From the time the polls opened on Election Day (18 September) up until 17:00 yesterday (19 September), the PECCs received 702 formal written complaints. An additional 11 complaints filed at ECC HQ have to be referred to the respective provinces in which the complained-about event occurred.

The provinces reporting most complaints are Laghman (72), Khost (66) and Nangarhar (60). Those reporting fewest are Bamyan, Paktika and Sare-e-Pul (two each) and Nimroz (only one), while Farah and Jawzjan had received none at all. These are by no means final totals: totals in low-reporting provinces may well increase significantly as formal written complaints filed at polling stations and IEC offices are added to the totals. Geographical and other conditions affect the rate at which these complaints reach our PECCs.

Triage details (the number of complaints classified as A, B or C) and information on types of allegations (polling irregularities, undue influence etc) will be published at a later stage when more complaints have been noted and a fuller picture emerges.

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

Notes from Democracy International:

The Electoral Complaints Commission today said it has 702 formal written complaints. It says it expects more in the coming days. The provinces reporting the most complaints are Laghman (72), Khost (66) and Nangarhar (60). The provinces with the fewest complaints are Bamiyan, Paktika, Sar-e Pul (all of which have two), and Nimroz (one). Farah and Jowzjan have received none at all.

Yesterday, the ECC said it had received 1426 complaints as of midday September 19, it reported in a statement (pdf). Of those, 126 had been officially registered as written complaints at the ECC’s Kabul headquarters by 8 PM Election Day night, including those reported from its 34 provincial offices.

A further 300 complaints were made in person or by telephone at Provincial Electoral Complaints Commission (PECC) offices and some 1,000 in Kabul. As required under ECC regulations, such complaints will not be considered by the ECC unless they are made in writing.

After the ECC receives a written complaint relating to a particular province, it is referred to the provincial office of which it relates. The provincial offices have primary jurisdiction in these matters. The ECC/PECCs categorise all written complaints in a triage procedure as Priority A, B, or C; “A” complaints are those which, if established, may affect the result of the election; “B” complaints, even if established, cannot do so; and a “C” complaints are ones which do not require further investigation. The ECC said the procedure was time-consuming and it wanted to reiterate that the results of all adjudications will be reported in due course.

Complaints were most frequently reported from Kabul, Nangarhar, Paktika, Helmand, Uruzgan, Baghlan and Balkh, yet some provinces reported no formal complaints at all. The allegations were generally similar to those reported in the press earlier on election day: delayed opening of polling centers, intimidation and threats, ineligible individuals voting, misuse of voter registration cards, proxy voting, poor ink quality, and shortages of ballot papers.

Written by namfrel

September 21, 2010 at 9:39 am

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