All votes in Kabul declared invalid
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