Afghanistan invalidation processThe Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced Thursday that results from 72 polling stations were invalidated during the 6th session of invalidation process.

IEC following a statement said the election commission took decisions on the status of ballots cast 2,000 polling stations across the country.

“Today at the National Tally Center, in the presence of national and international observers, United Nations advisors and media, Commissioners reviewed evidence collected during the audit process. This includes evidence gathered in the course of 1,100 standard audits, as well as evidence gathered during scrutiny of 900 special cases,” the statement said.

According to IEC, results from 562 polling stations which included standard audit cases were validated, while results from 1,133 polling stations which includes 344 standard audit cases and 789 special scrutiny cases, were partially invalidated.

Commissioners also confirmed the need for closer investigation of 233 polling stations (of which 146 were standard audit cases and 87 were cases of special scrutiny).

IEC said the election 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. When they feel it is necessary, commissioners may also examine individual audit checklist forms (electronic copy or original) for further clarification; or request advice from the United Nations,” the statement added.