Over 5,000 ballot boxes opened for auditing in Afghanistan

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Nicholas Haysom, the UN Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan. Photo: Fardin Waezi / UNAMA

More than 5, 000 ballot boxes from the June 14 presidential run-off election in Afghanistan has been opened, according to the UN Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative in the country.

Preliminary results were first announced by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in July but there were widespread objections on the basis of alleged fraud.

Nicholas Haysom points out that all the 23, 000 ballot boxes from all over the country have been brought back to Kabul for auditing.

Mr. Haysom says the IEC is continuing the process of recounting the votes with the help of advisers from the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

"IEC teams are opening up each box in the presence of observers from each of the two candidates' teams and in the presence of domestic observers and international observers. Where there is a dispute, a UNDP adviser is ruling on the dispute and all of the features in the box, any anomalies, any broken seals, any votes which should be invalidated are being recorded on a sheet of paper. That process will now continue until they have audited all 23, 000." (29")

Mr. Haysom described the auditing process as a huge undertaking with huge inputs from the international community.

Once it has been completed, he said, the IEC will be in a position to re-issue its results.

The electoral complaints body would once again be called upon to rule on any objections to any findings of the IEC on those results, Mr. Haysom added.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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