Afghan body says Kabul vote invalid
KABUL Afghanistans Electoral Complaints Commission ruled yesterday that votes cast in the capital Kabul during last Octobers parliamentary election were invalid, citing fraud and mismanagement.
The ruling must be upheld by the Independent Election Commission, the body with overall authority over the ballot, which was marred by allegations of voter fraud, technical problems with biometric voter verification equipment and inaccurate voter lists.
There were serious outstanding problems in Kabul that could hurt the fairness, transparency and inclusiveness of the election, said Ali Reza Rohani, spokesman for the Electoral Complaints Commission.
More than a million votes were recorded in Kabul, accounting for about a quarter of the roughly 4 million votes cast nationwide. If confirmed by the IEC, the decision would call into question the validity of an election heavily pushed by