Parliamentary Election Results May be Delayed: IEC

IEC officials began counting votes on Wednesday after the elections that took place last weekend, but on Thursday they announced that it is likely that the announcement of results may get delayed. Syed Hafizullah Hashimy, a spokesman for IEC, informed that the results could be delayed.

Preliminary results from the balloting were scheduled to be announced on November 10 and final results on January 19 next year.

Hashimi said that the process of transporting ballot boxes and biometric verification devices to Kabul will end in a week however.

But election watchdogs have opposed this statement as they feel elections should be out in due time.

Mohammad Naeem Ayoub Zada, who is the head of Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan, believes that ill-managed elections by IEC and subsequent complaints which now need to be addressed, could be the reason for possible delay in the announcement of election results.

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