The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) said on Thursday that their investigation has shown that 1,645 polling stations will be recounted in 18 provinces, and the recounting process will start on Saturday.
Mohammad Qasim Elyasi, spokesman for the IECC, said that most of the polling stations that need recounting are located in Nangarhar with 700, in Kannur with 248, and in Nimroz with 177 polling stations.
The IECC added that Panjshir has one center, Sar-e Pul has four, and Baghlan has six stations to be recounted.
“The important decisions in the recounting process are the differences in votes, the use of votes before and after the legal polling time, suspicious votes and the revocation of votes without reason,” he said.
There are 2534 polling stations in Nangarhar and now 700 polling stations out of 2534 will be recounted.
Votes cast outside the legal time, differences between the result sheets, and differences between the lists and voters, are the issues looked at, according to Noor Mohammad Hanafi, head of Nangarhar`s IECC.
Meanwhile, some of the complaints in Balkh and Herat provinces were rejected because they lacked evidence and documentation.
“In Balkh, we have recounted 17 complaints out of 199 complaints and rejected the others,” a provincial member of IECC, Khal Mohammad Mahmoodi, said.
“We will do recounts based on 60 complaints and we rejected 170 others,” said Ahmadullah Akseer, member of Herat IECC.
IECC added that Uruzgan, Badghis, Farah, Jawzjan, Faryab, Samangan, Nuristan are provinces that do not need a recount, and eight other provinces are under investigation.
“After the investigation, it should be clear how many votes are trustable and how many are not,” said, Ashna Gul Bandawal, head of Kandahar IECC.
According to the law election law, the IECC has less than two weeks to finalize the results of the complaints and share their work with the Independent Election Commission.