Afghan watchdog says more than 2,000 polling day complaints

Afghanistan’s election watchdog said on Wednesday it had received a total of 2,064 complaints relating to irregularities on polling day for the country’s parliamentary ballot after a deadline expired.

“By late yesterday we received a total of 2,064 written complaints registered with us about irregularities and problems on election day,” the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) spokesman Ahmad Zia Rafaat told AFP.

Rafaat said 1,700 official complaints had been submitted relating to the pre-election process that began in April — bringing total complaints so far to 3,764.

Afghans can register complaints about any part of the electoral process within three days of an alleged irregularity, and many more are expected over problems with the post-election process, such as vote counting.

“We keep receiving complaints every day,” said Rafaat.