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Invalidating all Kabul votes contrary to election justice: TEFA

Invalidating all Kabul votes contrary to election justice: TEFA

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Dec 07, 2018 - 14:18

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistaninfo-icon (TEFA) on Friday said invalidation of all votes of Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon elections in Kabul would lead to the loss of genuine votes, calling the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC)’s decision contrary to election justice.

The IECC on Thursday announced invalidation of votes cast at all polling stations in Kabul due to fraud and rigging.

However, short after the IECC’s announcement, the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) on Thursday evening rejected the decision for invalidation of votes and called it a hasty and politically motivated act.

The IEC had said that invalidating all votes of Kabul was a move disregarding and disrespecting all efforts and sacrifices made during the Wolesi Jirga election process in Kabul.

TEFA in a statement regarding the invalidation of all votes of Kabul, on Friday said that the IECC should first had let the IEC to recount suspicious votes and then made its final decision.

The source said the fate of Kabul votes was yet to be determined by the IEC when the IECC decided about it.

TEFA said despite some legal experts believed the IECC decision was according to the law and the article 94 of the Electoral Law, but holding elections in Kabul within the next seven days was impossible based on the current conditions.

The article 94 of the Electoral Law says, “In case the principles of fair, secret and direct elections in an electoral constituency is jeopardized, the Central Complaints Commission may invalidate the election of that particular electoral constituency. In this case, the Commission will conduct new elections in that constituency within seven days,”

The election oversight institute says that Wolesi Jirga elections were faced with serious problems including issues in the voters’ list, biometric devices, absence of election employees and other problems on the Election Day and polls with the current capacity could not be conducted again.

TEFA said that all votes of Kabul were not fraudulent according to per their observations on the Election Day. It said invalidation of all votes would lead to the loss of genuine votes, an act TEFA said is in contrary to election justice.

TEFA supports the legal deicsions of both the electoral bodies, but they should make their decisions measured enough and be careful about their consequences.

The statement said that TEFA suggests the IECC to give time to the IEC for recounting suspicious votes and then make a proper and precise decision about Kabul votes.

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