29 complaints filed against election workers

KABUL (Pajhwok): The election watchdog on Sunday said it had so far received 275 complaints, including those lodged over the telephone, about fraud in the runoff presidential election.
Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) spokesman Nader Mohseni told reporters 29 of the objections had been filed against Independent Election Commission (IEC) staffers.
He said the election process had been peaceful in much of the country, but was rife with instances of law violations and fraud.
Mohseni said there were fewer complaints, threats and problems during the second round of presidential election in comparison with the first round in April.
So far 275 complaints, including 140 made over the telephone, had been registered since the voting process closed at 4pm on Saturday, he said.
Mohseni explained complaints made over the telephone would not be addressed like those formally registered but they could be used for information purposes.
He added that 29 complaints were registered against Independent Election Commission (IEC) workers.
“Some of the complaints are against supporters of a candidate accusing them of encouraging voters into casting their votes for a specific candidate.”
In some cases, candidates’ supporters had distributed money to voters and in others, supporters threatened voters, Muhseni said of the complaints.
He asked the IEC to urgently share complaints registered at polling stations with the IECC within the schedule time.
The IECC spokesman said the process of registering complaints began on Saturday night at 12am and would continue until 12am on Sunday night for 48 hours.
Mohseni also asked local and international observer missions to share their reports with the IECC in order to use them for information purposes in addressing complaints.
After the registration period ends tonight, it would take 10 days to address all the complaints, he concluded.

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