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Voters say their names missing, misspelled

Voters say their names missing, misspelled

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20 Oct 2018 - 17:33
Voters say their names missing, misspelled
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20 Oct 2018 - 17:33

KABUL (Pajhwok): Names of many people were missing from voter lists in some polling stations while names of others were misspelled during Saturday’s parliamentary elections.

Names of many voters were miswritten in voter lists, depriving the voters of polling votes, Pajhwok reporters in southeastern Paktika province, Rahim Khan Khoshal, observed.

“When IEC staff cross-checked the names in ID cards and voter lists, some names were found misspelled,” he said.

Names of some other voters were missing from voter lists at many polling centres, Pajhwok reporter in Khost province, Ibrahim Rahimi, said.

Meanwhile, a resident of Nadali district in Helmand province, Abdul Hamid, said besides misspelling of voter names, many registered voters were missing from the lists.

“I registered my ID card in Loy Bagh polling centre, but my name is not available in the list, so I didn’t cast my vote,” he said.

Samar Gul, an observer at Abdul Ghafoor high school polling centre in Ahmad Shah Baba Mena locality of Kabul, said names of some of voters had disappeared from the lists.

 “The names of many voters who have registered at the same centre, were missing. I witnessed many people returning home without casting their ballots,” he said. 

Pajhwok reporter in Bamyan, Hadi Ghafari, said nearly 600 voters had registered in the polling station of the Education Department, but now names of nearly 100 persons were available in the voter lists.

Inhabitants of Kabul, Nangarhar, Herat and other provinces also reported of missing their names from voter lists, he said.

During a press conference at 12:40pm, IEC chief Abdul Badi Sayad said the voter lists would be dispatched soon to voting centres which haven’t received them.

He acknowledged some polling centres haven’t received voter lists in alphabetical order, saying the issue would be resolved soon.

“If some voters were unable to vote today, they can cast their votes tomorrow based on the decision of the commission,” he said, without talking about spelling mistakes in the voter lists.


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