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ETWA Press Statement on Counting and Second Day Voting 2018 Parliamentary Elections

February 7, 2019
21 Oct, 2018

Per the decision of the IEC, voting time was extended to 6 PM and election in some polling centers that remained closed on elections day was ruled, contrary to Elections Law, to be conducted the next day. Irregularities and myriad cases of administrative and managerial disorder observed in the first day has already reduced public confidence in electoral process
which will subsequently challenge credibility of election results as well. The IEC needs to seek ways of reviving public trust and obtaining satisfaction of parties to elections through managing chaos and taking effective measures to address the challenges noticed during election day. ETWA findings from counting and voting in the second day demonstrate continuation of previously observed irregularities as well as breach of electoral regulations. The process has been as chaotic as the first day. Extension of voting time on election day resulted in counting to be done at late night in most of polling centers observed which limited candidates’ agents, observers and media access to the process. Counting was postponed to the next day in a number of polling centers and there were cases of ballot boxes being transferred to other locations for counting. Serious concerns were
raised about ballots kept in polling centers at night or transferred to other location creating the opportunity for manipulation and fraud. Download The Report (PDF) File

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