June 23 - A special Afghan court declares that about a quarter of parliamentarians should lose their seats because of alleged poll fraud. Sunita Rappai reports.
A special Afghan court set up by president Hamid Karzai to look into alleged fraud in last year's elections. It has now ruled that 62 lawmakers will have to vacate their seats because of suspected wrong doing. SOUNDBITE) (Dari)SEDIQULLAH HAQIQ, HEAD OF THE SPECIAL POLL COURT SAYING: "Due to lack of transparency and in accuracy in the process of election in center and provinces, as a result of wrong counting of votes and violation of rules in election process, our finding shows that the election officials deliberately violated the article 22 of election law, some people with less vote were announced succeed and entered in to the parliament and some with higher number of votes were announced loser and they were left outside parliament." The ruling was welcomed by losing lawmakers like Daoud Sultanzoy. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOSING LAWMAKER DAOUD SULTANZOY SAYING: "I hope when the commission the election commission announces the results and puts them in to action those who don't have enough votes they should obey the law and get out, this is not a jangle this is a country with roles and regulation and law." The truibunal recounted valid votes from all 34 Afghan provinces and declared Thursday's ruling as 'final'. It is also calling for the parliamentarians to be prosecuted. Sunita Rappai, Reuters