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IEC Ballot Boxes, Information Sections Sealed

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(Tolo News) – A senior Afghan judicial official, with the help of police forces and Attorney General’s Office, Monday sealed information and ballot boxes sections in the IEC.

Officials in Independent Election Commission described the move as unconstitutional.

Police forces, some judicial officials as well as officials from Attorney General’s Office rushed into IEC building and closed information and ballot boxes sections.

“Probably the ballots will be re-counted for a better pursuit of complaints being made by protesting candidates,” Qazi Abdul Salam Qazizada, Head of Kabul Court of Appeal told TOLOnews.

“Yesterday we received a threatening letter written in strong terms signed by Deputy Attorney General,” Tabish Frough, IEC Spokesperson told TOLOnews.

“The letter said if the IEC refuses to cooperate in investigations, Attorney General’s Office would suspend some IEC officials,” Mr Frough further said.

Following the rush into IEC compound, a statement was released by the Independent Election Commission saying it is, in the light of Afghan laws, prepared to cooperate in probes into electoral frauds and irregularities.

The Afghan parliament had said on Saturday that the Special Tribunal had decided to unseat 83 MPs on charges of electoral frauds, a claim that was denied by the Special Tribunal.

The parliament had decided to officially ask the Afghan President Hamid Karzai to nullify the tribunal.

After tensions mounted between the winning and losing candidates of the parliamentary poll, President Karzai approved Supreme Court’s request to form a Special Tribunal to end electoral disputes.

The Special Tribunal has been accusing the electoral commissions for not cooperating in the investigations so that the tribunal could make a final decision.

Some Afghan law specialists and the winning candidates have repeatedly described the Special Tribunal as illegal.

Meanwhile, the Afghan parliament has been striving to have a ahead for weeks, but none of those running for parliament speaker has won 50+1.

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