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Election watchdogs ask govt to probe fake ID cards issue

Election watchdogs ask govt to probe fake ID cards issue

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Sep 03, 2018 - 19:07

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Election watchdogs on Monday asked the government to probe fraud allegations in the ID cards distribution, resolve the electoral crisis in Ghazni province and hold district council elections with the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon polls.

The Wolesi Jirga and district council elections were scheduled for October 20, but differences over the election system in Ghazni and absence of candidates for district council polls in some districts prompted the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) to consult the National Security Council (NSC) on the matters.

However, the NSC has yet commented about the issue. The IEC recently said district council elections and Wolesi Jirga elections could not be held in Ghazni province on schedule.

Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistaninfo-icon (TEFA), Afghan Womeninfo-icon’s Educationinfo-icon Center (AWEC) and Women for Election and Democracy of Afghanistan organization on Monday addressed a joint press conference here.

Habibullah Shinwari, a leading member of TEFA, read out a joint statement of the watchdogs about elections.

In their joint statement, the election observers demanded holding district council elections in secure areas.

According to the IEC, no one has nominated to contest the district elections in 40 out of 375 districts of the country. The commission says no women in 120 districts have nominated themselves while candidates in 54 districts equal the number of district council seats.

The IEC says security situation is fine for district council elections in 161 districts of the country.

“We ask the election commissions, the government and leaders of Ghazni province to resolve the election related problems in this province and implement the election process there,” the statement said.

The statement also asked the government, election commissions, political parties and groups to jointly work for registration of biometric data of voters in order to ensure transparency in elections.

The IEC should be honest about the schedule for 2019 presidential and district council elections and it should make clear when the two ballots would be held, the statement added.

Habibullah Shinwari said that election oversight institutes were kept away from observing the election process, an issue he termed as of great concern.

About exposure of thousands of fake identity cards attached with voter stickers by Grand National Alliance of Afghanistan, he said: “The IEC instead of investigating these fake IDs tried to shift the blame to Population Registration Department.”

However, the Population Registration Department had said about the fake ID cards that some people tried to confuse public opinion about elections and it asked the Ministry of Interior to investigate the issue.

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