Afghan votes invalidatedThe Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan announced Monday that the ballots from 72 polling stations were invalidated during the first day of invalidation process.

In the meantime, the ballots from 697 polling stations were marked as partial-invalid which will be recounted.

“In the first of their decision‐making sessions, Independent Election Commission (IEC) members have made decisions on the status of ballots cast at 3,645 polling stations from across the country,” IEC said.

The evidence collected during the audit process were reviewed by commissioners in the presence of candidate agents, national and international observers, United Nations advisors and media.

“Of the polling station results considered today, there was evidence of irregularities in 769 (approximately 21%) cases. In accord with criteria detailed in IEC Decision 33‐1393, this led to invalidation of results from 72 stations  and partial‐invalidation (recount) of results from 697,” IEC said.

The commission also added that the impact of the decison on the number of ballots to be incldued in teh tally of election results will be availed to public at a later date.

IEC said Monday’s decision have been reported in great detail on the website of the Independent Election Commission (IEC).

“IEC Commissioners make their decisions after having reviewed audit findings, as recorded on checklist forms. Audit checklist forms, completed by Audit Teams during the audit process, indicate whether the contents of ballot boxes are valid, invalid or partially invalid, according to IEC Decision 33‐1393,” IEC said.

IEC also added that the commissioners may also examine individual audit checklist forms (electronic copy or original) form further clarification; or request advice from the United Nations, when they feel it is necessary.