- Title: Afghans call for fair vote counting
- Date: 29th September 2019
- Summary: HAJI ANWAR, RESIDENT OF KABUL SHOWING HIS INKED FINGER VARIOUS OF INKED FINGER (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) HAJI ANWAR, A RESIDENT OF KABUL, SAYING: "Yesterday, I voted in the election and I hope that the people's vote will be used justly, and there will be no fraud. We want the Independent Election Commission to respecy everyone's rights and whoever has received most of the votes must be announced as the next president." COBBLER WORKING VARIOUS OF THE COBBLER WITH INKED FINGER (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) MOHAMMAD EWAZ, COBBLER WHO VOTED, SAYING: "I voted for the hope of peace and security and end of conflict and bloodshed in my country and I wish that poor people and others will live in a peaceful environment." VARIOUS OF VENDOR SELLING POPCORN INKED FINGER OF THE VENDOR (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) VENDOR, GHULAM ESAAQ, WHO VOTED IN THE ELECTION; SAYING: "We ask the government to prevent election fraud. We people are tired of fraud. Itâ€™s enough." TRAFFIC ON THE STREET ELECTION AWARENESS BANNER VARIOUS OF ELECTION EMPLOYEES UNLOADING BALLOT BOXES FROM TRUCKS AND CARRYING THEM INTO THE IEC (INDEPENDENT ELECTION COMMISSION) WAREHOUSE BALLOT BOXES SECURED WITH SEALS (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) ABDUL AZIZ IBRAHIMI, SPOKESMAN FOR THE INDEPENDENT ELECTION COMMISSION (IEC) SAYING: "Since last night, the transferring process of election sensitive materials including biometric devices and ballot boxes from the district centers started according to plan and they are being transferred into the IEC headquarters." VARIOUS OF A DOG CHECKING AND SEARCHING THE BALLOT BOXES AT IEC HEADQUARTERS VARIOUS OF THE BALLOT BOXES BEING TAKEN BY ELECTION EMPLOYEES INTO THE IEC WAREHOUSE
- Embargoed: 13th October 2019 10:39
- Keywords: presidential elections Ashraf Ghani security ballot boxes voter turnout
- Location: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- City: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA003AYPKXMV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Security was tight in Kabul on Sunday (September 29) as vote counting continued across the country.
Out of 9.67 million registered voters, only about one in five cast their ballot, according to an election commission official. Those who voted hoped that the voting had taken place without fraud and the vote counting would be fair, but the low turnout and complaints about the voting system heightened fears an unclear result could drive the war-torn country into further chaos. Taliban fighters attacked several polling stations across the country to try to derail the process, but intense security prevented the large-scale violence.
Preliminary results are not expected before October 10 and final results not until November 7. If no candidate gets over half the votes, a second round will be held between the two leading candidates.
(Production: Aziz Mohammad, Mohammad Akram, Samargul Zwak, Sayed Hassib, Hameed Farzad)
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