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Protesting candidates from Logar accuse IEC of fraud

Protesting candidates from Logar accuse IEC of fraud

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Dec 16, 2018 - 10:24

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Protesting candidates from central Logar province have accused regional election commission officials of corruption and rigging in the October 20 parliamentary polls.

At least 35 hopefuls, including five womeninfo-icon, were in the run for Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon elections from Logar. Of them Mohammad Ismail Siddiqui, Eng. Mohammad Asif Nabizada, Wafiullah Iftikhar and Huma Ahmadi were declared successful in initial results.

Nasrullah, a protesting runner, told a press conference in Kabul that the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) had declared candidates with fewer votes as winners.

The furious candidates alleged the IEC decision had eroded public confidence in commission’s credibility. People could stay away from future elections due to the mockery of their votes, they warned.

A number of commissioners had received bribes from three male candidates who were announced successful, Nasrullah claimed, without going into details.

Pajhwok has received documents indicating the IEC office in Logar had invalidates in an official letter on 11/15/2018 the votes cast at Dahno, Surkhab, Barak-i-Rajan, MaulanaYaqub, Charkh and Chahar Mahal polling stations.

The ballots were not counted in the initial results.

Mohammad Rahim Amin, another protestor, also hit out at the poll panel, saying the commission was playing with people’s fate. The international community should not allow fraudsters to misuse their power or steal people’s mandate.

He insisted the provincial election commission had acted against people’s expectations. “Those who didn’t receive votes have won the election through rigging and bribery. The commission should revoke its decision.”

The protesting candidates warned if real winners were not announced and people’s votes not honoured, they would block the Kabul-Logar highway and launch a massive movement.

Meanwhile, Rahmatullah Haqmal, the provincial election complaints commission head, acknowledged fraud and rigging. He confirmed votes had been counted in favour of certain contestants.

But the provincial election commission rejected the allegation it had received bribes. Mirza Mohammad Haqparast, deputy spokesman for IEC, said: “Those who claim having documentary proofs should submit them with the poll panels and judicial organs.”

Four days ago, some Wolesi Jirga candidates from the province had accused the provincial election commission of corruption and fraud during. They leveled the charges at a protest meeting.

sa/mud

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