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KABUL (Pajhwok): Chairman of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) said Saturday a committee had been formed to investigate officials allegedly involved fraud and rigging in the April elections.

Addressing a press conference, Abdul Sattar Sadaat said, the newly-formed committee would be headed by Nader Mohseni and other IECC officials.

The committee would investigate the officials and personnel from both the IECC and the Independent Election Commission (IEC). He pledged legal action would be taken against those proved guilty.

KABUL (Pajhwok): Provincial Council (PC) members in Nangarhar, Zabul and Sar-i-Pul provinces on Monday elected their senatorial representatives.

Nangarhar Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief Khwaja said two PC members Lutfullah Baba and Lal Mohammad Durrani were in the run for the Meshrano Jirga seat. Baba won the elections securing 12 votes.

After his reelection, Baba said he would work hard compared to his previous term as senator to resolve people’s problems.

In southern Zabul province, PC members voted to elect their senatorial representative.

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) chairman on Wednesday said the Parliament had no authority to refer him to the Attorney-General Office (AGO) for prosecution.

Earlier in the day, the Wolesi Jirga asked the president to explain why top officials of the two electoral commissions had refused to brief lawmakers on allegations of widespread fraud in provincial council polls.

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The newly-elected provincial council (PC) members on Saturday were administered oath by the acting governor in eastern Nangarhar province.

Governor Attaullah Ludin, who administered oath to 19 PC members, urged them to abide by the law and strive hard to serve the people who voted them power.

In his address, the acting governor said their top priority should be resolving problems being faced by their respective constituents to their satisfaction. He advised the new public representatives not to wish a luxurious life or contingents of security guards.

KABUL (Pajhwok): Revised results from the April 5 provincial council polls released on Tuesday by the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) declared 47 previously losing candidates as winners.

The revision that came in light of investigations into complaints altered outcome in 21 provinces. In Kabul, seven candidates, who previously finished runners up, would replace their as many rivals earlier declared as winners.

Following are names of the newly-declared winners and those removed from the list of winners.

Kabul

KABUL (Pajhwok): Holding two elections simultaneously has proven a failure in Afghanistan, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) chief said on Thursday.

Abdul Sattar Sadat said two simultaneous elections should not be repeated in future in order to prevent large-scale rigging.

He told reporters in Kabul fraud incidents would have been less if the presidential and provincial council (PC) elections had been conducted separately.

KABUL (Pajhwok): A presidential decree issued on Wednesday directed all incumbent ministers and provincial governors to perform duties as acting ministers and governors, strictly barring them from using executive powers.

In his decree, President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai also ordered the ministers, governors and heads of independent departments to perform in acting capacity until the new Cabinet was introduced.

Ahmadzai was sworn-in as new president on Tuesday in a well organized ceremony attended by national and international leaders.

KABUL (Pajhwok): Calling 2014 the deadliest in 13 years and full of challenges, the defence minister on Wednesday said Afghan forces had the ability to deal with resurgent militants.

Speaking at a graduation ceremony for 240 officers at the Kabul Military Academy, Bismillah Khan Mohammadi said the ongoing year was full of violence and saw increased attacks, including some high-profile strikes.

SHARAN/KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of southeastern Khost and Paktika provinces on Wednesday urged the unity government to concentrate on bringing peace and eliminating corruption.

In Paktika, a large number of officials, including the governor, tribal elders and local residents attended a gathering in Sharan. Speaking on the occasion, Governor Attaullah Fazli said the unity government was in the interest of Afghans.

KABUL (Pajhwok): A special Cabinet meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been canceled after ministers failed to hold discussions due to a shortage of time on Tuesday.

The meeting was to hand over a report on the 13 years of governance to the newly-elected administration, headed by Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the Cabinet Secretariat said.

Outgoing president Hamid Karzai on Tuesday delivered his farewell speech at a gathering at the Presidential Palace. He once again hit out at the US and Pakistan for not sincerely supporting peace in Afghanistan.

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