MAZAR-I-SAHRIF (Pajhwok): Protesting observers of the Stability and Partnership team led by Dr. Abdullah on Wednesday closed the provincial office of the Independent Election Commission in northern Balkh province.
Mohammad Ayub Bayani, the election office head, told Pajhwok Afghan News they started the audit of votes from some polling stations on Tuesday.
He said ballots from some of the polling stations were audited yesterday and Wednesday morning before the Stability and Partnership team observers shut the gate the provincial election commission.
According to Bayani, they would restart the recount of several polling stations when the gate was reopened.
The Stability and Partnership team has demanded a halt to the vote recount process. Subsequently, Abdullah’s supporters stopped the recount in 12 provinces.
Similarly, nine more presidential candidates have also expressed opposition to the vote recount, but the State Builder team led by Ashraf Ghani supported the move.
The vote recount process has kicked off in a number of provinces, with the Stability and Partnership team creating problems in 15 provinces.

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