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Technology to be used in presidential election: IEC chief

Technology to be used in presidential election: IEC chief

Aug 08, 2018 - 19:33

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) said on Wednesday it was impossible to use technology in the upcoming Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon and district council elections due to lack of time, but the presidential election would be technology-based.

IEC chief Abdul Baday Sayad told a press conference here that the use of technology was best choice for transparency in elections, but its usage was impossible in the Oct 20 elections due to shortage of time.

“The technology use in election was first suggested by the IEC, but it did bear fruits for many reasons including lack of interest of major international organizations, prolonged procurement process, financial issues and lack of support from the relevant sides,” he added.

Sayad said the Wolesi Jirga elections were just around two months away, therefore procurement and implementation of technology was not possible in this short time.

He said the IEC was consulting with the government and the international community over using technology (in the next presidential election).

About political parties’ suggestion of technology use in the Wolesi Jirga elections, Sayad said importing the technology, transferring it to provinces and training commission workers on its use needed time and was not possible in two months.

The IEC chief said around 3.5 million voters had so far been added into the commission’s database system and the process would be accelerated by hiring another 200 people.

In the past elections, the IEC would send ballot papers beyond the number of voters but this time the ballots would be send according to the number of voters registered in an area, he added.

Sayed Hafizullah Hashemi, IEC spokesman, criticized the slow performance of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) and asked the commission to share the result of initial list of candidates with the IEC.

However, the IECC said the delay in sharing the result of its review of the initial list of candidates was caused by late receipt of the list from the IEC.

Mohammad Nazari, IECC spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the result of the initial list of candidates would be shared with the IEC in the next two days.



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