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Hundreds of Afghans slam UN in vote row

Up to 700 Afghans marched to protest against a decision by the EC to throw nine lawmakers out of parliament in a dispute over vote fraud.



Kabul: Up to 700 Afghans marched through
Kabul on Tuesday to protest against a decision by the country`s
election commission to throw nine lawmakers out of parliament
in a dispute over vote fraud.

The protestors condemned the United Nations, accusing
its mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, of interference, an AFP
reporter said.

"Death to UNAMA which supported this evil process," and
"Death to those who oppose democracy," the crowd shouted as
they marched towards the presidential palace and the main UN
compound.

The UN mission welcomed Sunday`s decision by the
Independent Election Commission (IEC) to dismiss nine
lawmakers after last September`s parliamentary election,
saying a "long institutional impasse" had come to an end.

"The real work must now begin," it added, calling on
Afghan politicians and officials to work for "peace, progress
and prosperity" in their country.

The IEC was handed authority by President Hamid Karzai
to make the final ruling in the nearly year-long row over
ballot stuffing.

But the issue is highly controversial in Afghanistan and
has prompted a string of angry protests on the streets of
Kabul by supporters of rival politicians in recent months.

In June, a special election tribunal backed by Karzai
ruled that 62 lawmakers, a quarter of lower house of
parliament, should be expelled.

However, the IEC`s final ruling fell well short of that
figure.

PTI

From Zee News

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