IECC: Complaints against Amarkhel null & void
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Tuesday said all allegations against Independent Election Commission (IEC) Secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel stood null and void after his resignation.
Amarkhel announced his resignation on Monday, meeting a key demand of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, who had accused him of fraud in favour of his rival Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.
Amarkhel told reporters in Kabul that he denied any involvement in fraud but was stepping down in the national interest. His resignation has raised hopes for an end to a political standoff that has forced the IEC to delay releasing partial results from the June 14 runoff vote.
IECC spokesman Nader Mohseni told reporters in Kabul that the watchdog had dismissed all complaints lodged against Amarkhel, but the criminal aspect of the issue could still be investigated.
He said if complaints were filed for investigation of the case’s criminal aspect, they would refer them to the authorities concerned. Evidence provided by Abdullah’s team did not prove Amarkhel’s involvement in fraud.
Mohseni hoped Dr. Abdullah would resume his cooperation with the electoral bodies after Amarkhel had resigned because it had been his main condition for rejoining the process.
Abdullah suspended cooperation with the vote-counting process and demanded Amarkhel’s suspension, claiming the electoral official helped engineer vote-rigging.
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