Election panel ready for possible runoff vote

 
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) is prepared to hold a possible second round of presidential elections, an official said on Monday.
IEC Secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel told reporters in Kabul the commission was prepared both technically and logistically for the conduct of runoff race.
Speaking to reporters on International Press Freedom Day, he acknowledged media outlets played a remarkable role in the success of the April 5 presidential and provincial elections.
Danish Karokhel, the editor-in-chief of Pajhwok Afghan News, said the conduct of election was a national responsibility and each media outlet had efficiently played its role in making it a success.
He added the IEC Media Monitoring Commission and the people of Afghanistan had lauded the role of news organisations.
Amarkhel said democracy was still young in Afghanistan and that was why the commission and the people of Afghanistan were experiencing new things.
He said: “We assure the people that the commission would maintain the supremacy of their vote at any cost. Pressures from any side would not weaken our resolve.”
The official said fraud and rigging cases had been fewer, but more complex, in the April 5 polls. The commission’s technical staff was unable to unmask culprits behind such cases.
nh/mud
 

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