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Grand alliance sabotaging election process: IEC

Grand alliance sabotaging election process: IEC

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Sep 02, 2018 - 18:53

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) on Sunday said it had created a database for voter registration and use of fake ID cards in elections was impossible.

The IEC in a statement said the Grand Coalition of Afghanistaninfo-icon (GCA) was sabotaging the election process and disrupting public minds by showcasing government documents and sensitive content.

The IEC requested judiciary organs to control those trying to sabotage the election process, a day after .the GCA showcased thousands of fake identity cards to reporters that contained voter stickers. The coalition said they would boycott elections and find other alternatives.

However, the IEC reacting to the GCA’s move said the IEC had created a database in which information about voters had been stored across the country for transparency in the election process.

“The IEC can identify its original voter registration papers and the employees asked with transferring, distributing and using them with the new technology the commission uses.”

The statement 60 voter registration books were either lost or torched by militants during the voter registration process in the country. These books were registered in the tracking system of the commission and their use was no longer valid, it added.

The IEC said the database was able to identify suspicious cases and 25 voter registration books found suspected were temporary taken out of the commission’s database.

The entry of information of voters into the database is still ongoing and it would complete until September 21, the statement said. Those registered multiple times in the voter registration process and suspicious cases would be published after the completion of the data entry, the source added.

“The IEC is assured by the Population Registration Department (PRD) about transparency in ID cards under an agreement. The PRD has assured the election commission that it has digitalized identity information of voters and using fake ID cards for vote was not possible,” the statement said.

The IEC said it has shared database data with the PRD and those registered under fake ID cards would be removed from the list of voters.

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