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IEC re-examining polling stations countrywide

IEC re-examining polling stations countrywide

Aug 07, 2017 - 17:51

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) on Monday launched the process to re-identify the exact number of polling stations and their locations in Kabul and some provinces.

IEC Secretary Imamul Din Warimach told reporters here that the process launched countrywide today would help bring transparency and fairness to elections.

Warimach said: “Looking at complains about polling stations, it is necessary to designate polling stations based on population, geographical location and other standards defined.”

He said currently 7,000 polling stations existed in the country and it could be expected after the 14-day tentative practice that the number of polling station may increase.

The IEC secretary said over 1,000 trained individuals were tasked with carrying out the re-identification of polling stations -- first in provincial capitals and then districts.

He explained polling stations earlier opened in private homes, tents or land had been removed and all these polling stations would be transferred to government schools, clinics, mosques and other public installations.

Warimcah asked local elders, ulemainfo-icon, civil societyinfo-icon activists and influential people to cooperate with IEC officials in completing the process in order to prevent rigging and fraud in elections.



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