All votes in Kabul de­clared in­valid

The Australian - - WORLD - KABUL:

All votes cast in Kabul dur­ing the Oc­to­ber par­lia­men­tary elec­tion are in­valid, Afghanistan’s In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­plaints Com­mis­sion has de­clared.

There were 25 rea­sons why the de­ci­sion was taken, in­clud­ing ma­jor fraud and mis­man­age­ment on the part of the Afghan In­de­pen­dent Elec­tion Com­mis­sion, IECC spokesman Alireza Ro­hani said yes­ter­day.

Par­lia­men­tary elec­tions took place in 32 of Afghanistan’s 34 prov­inces on Oc­to­ber 20.

Due to se­cu­rity prob­lems and or­gan­i­sa­tional dif­fi­cul­ties, vot­ing took place in 400 con­stituen­cies a day later.

In the prov­ince of Kan­da­har it was de­layed by a week, af­ter a deadly at­tack on the provin­cial chief of po­lice.

The news came a few days af­ter the Tal­iban tar­geted a po­lice check­point in the western Herat prov­ince, set­ting off a bat­tle in which a policeman and three civil­ians were killed.

Herat po­lice spokesman Ab­dul Ahad Wal­izada said six of the at­tack­ers were also killed in the bat­tle late on Tues­day.

The Tal­iban ef­fec­tively con­trols nearly half the coun­try and car­ries out daily at­tacks that mainly tar­get se­cu­rity forces.

In the east­ern Nan­garhar prov­ince, mean­while, the di­rec­tor of a lo­cal TV sta­tion was kid­napped. At­tahul­lah Kh­ogyani, the gov­er­nor’s spokesman, said the di­rec­tor, known as En­gi­neer Zelmia, was kid­napped late on Tues­day. Zelmia’s driver was shot and killed.

In Sha­ran, the cap­i­tal of east­ern Pak­tika prov­ince, a sus­pected US drone strike killed a lo­cal­go­v­ern­ment em­ployee be­lieved to have links to in­sur­gents

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