Abdullah resumes cooperation with IEC, IECC
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential runner Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has resumed cooperation with the election management bodies, signalling progress in ending the political deadlock, an official said on Wednesday.
On July 15, Abdullah urged the immediate suspension of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) secretary Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhel. He said he would not accept election results from the provinces, wherever ballot numbers were higher than the eligible voters registered.
Amarkhel has already tendered his resignation, dismissing the allegation of his involvement in electoral fraud. He said his staff was not allowed by police to dispatch ballot papers to polling centres -- an action he slammed as interference in the commission’s affairs.
The Reform and Unanimity team could file appeals and complaints with provincial offices of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) until midnight, the watchdog’s spokesman told a news conference in Kabul.
Nadir Mohseni made clear the deadline for filing complaints would not be extended. Decisions of the IECC provincial offices could be appealed within 72 hours, he said, adding 10 such complaints had been registered so far.
Abdullah revived his cooperation with IEC and IECC on Tuesday, according to the spokesman, who said: “This is good news. I thank the Reform and Unanimity team for rejoining the election process.”
Mohseni added the team could share its complaints with the commission against the decisions taken in its absence. He reaffirmed the IECC willingness to investigate evidence of alleged fraud in the second round of elections.
About 2,500 complaints, mostly against election workers, have been registered in connection with the June 14 runoff polls.
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