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Afghanistan begins decision making on election audit result

By Ghanizada - Mon Aug 25 2014, 12:01 pm

Afghan vote auditThe Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) said Monday that the election commissioners are set to meet today to commence decision‐making on the audit of all ballots cast in the Presidential run‐off election of 14 June.

“Occurring daily at the National Tally Center, from 25 August until all audit findings have been reviewed, today’s inaugural session is scheduled to begin at 2pm. Candidate agents, national and international observers, United Nations advisors, and media will be present,” IEC said following a statement.

The statement furhter added that the commissioners will make their decisions after having reviewed audit findings, as recorded on checklist forms.

The audit checklist form, completed by Audit Teams during the audit process, indicates whether the contents of a ballot box are valid, invalid or partially invalid, according to IEC Decision 33‐1393, the statement added.

IEC said the form also provides a space in which additional comments can be provided – including comments received from candidate agents, citing unusual circumstances or drawing attention to irregularities warranting special attention.

“When they feel it is necessary, Commissioners may also examine individual audit checklist forms (electronic copy or original) for further clarification,” the statement said, adding that the commissioners may also request advice of United Nations advisors, who will attend all decision‐making sessions.

IEC also added that following every decision-making session, the IEC will publish Commission decisions on its website and, periodically, quantifiable (numeric) results of validation, recount/partial-invalidation, and invalidation will also be shared.

Only ballots confirmed as valid by Commissioners will be included in the tally of Presidential run-off election results, IEC said, adding that “This could mean that final figures are different than those previously announced; and will produce results more accurately reflect the choices of Afghan voters.”

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