KABUL (Pajhwok): Results from 18,800 polling stations will be announced soon, an official of the Independent Election Commission (ICE) said on Thursday.
The official, who wished to go unnamed, told Pajhwok Afghan News the IEC had made decided to declare the results from 18,800 polling stations as soon as possible.
A day earlier, the commission said the audit and recount of votes had been stopped in all provinces in response to candidate complaints.
As a result of the halt to the recount and audit of ballots, the poll panel said, the announcement of the preliminary election results had been further delayed.
On November 9, the IEC started the audit and recount of votes from 8,255 of the 26,580 polling stations to sift fraudulent votes from valid ones — a move opposed by some candidates including Dr. Abdullah and Gulbadin Hekmatyar.
The presidential election was held on September 28. The preliminary result was expected to be announced on October 19 and the final outcome on October 7.
But the results were postponed due to slow data entry and technical problems in the commission’s main server.
The IEC had earlier promised unveiling the preliminary results from the election on November 14 and the final results on December 6.