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ESG urges IEC to timely answer candidates’ concerns

ESG urges IEC to timely answer candidates’ concerns

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Nov 11, 2019 - 18:26

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Election Support Group (ESG) on Monday urged the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) to work diligently to keep further delays to a minimum to publish preliminary results of the September presidential election.

In a statement, the ESG recognized the initial delay to publish preliminary results was due to the need to finalize key procedures in the interest of ensuring a transparent and credible outcome.

The group urged the IEC and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECCinfo-icon) to provide accurate and timely information to people about election results and the auditing process.

The group noted that candidates and their supporters had valid concerns about the vote tallying process.

The ESG reiterated its previous call for all candidates to respect the Election Law and the Code of Conduct they signed and to refrain from any actions or statements that undermine the process.

The group further reiterated that the credibility of the election was collective responsibility of not just the electoral institutions, but all Afghan stakeholders, including candidates.

The group called upon candidates and their supporters to support the remaining phases of the process and urged all candidates to cooperate with the recount and audit process and follow the formal ECC complaints process to raise their concerns about the alleged irregularities.

The ESG called on the IEC to answer clearly and in a timely manner concerns raised by candidates about the process.

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