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Abdullah’s supporters close northern highway in Samagan

Abdullah’s supporters close northern highway in Samagan

Dec 08, 2019 - 16:21

AIBAK (Pajhwok): Supporters of the ‘Stability and Partnership’ electoral team on Sunday staged protest rally in northern Samangan province asking the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) to separating clean votes from fraudulent before the announcement of the preliminary presidential elections result.

The IEC initially pledged to announce the preliminary result of presidential polls on October 19 and November 7 for the announcement of final result.

On November 9, the IEC panels started the audit and recount of votes from 8,255 polling stations out of total 26,580 separate fraudulent ballots from valid ones.

The move sparked contradiction from several candidates including Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Gulbudin Hekmatyar.

A number of other candidates also said that they would not accept the result of the election because they believed the polls were massively rigged.

But due to some technical issues and problems during separation of clean and fraudulent votes, the IEC could not announce the result on its due date.

On October 27, the IEC said that primary result of the presidential election would be announced on November 14, but the commission again delayed the date for an indefinite time.

Hundreds of supporters of the Stability and Partnership electoral ticket led by presidential candidate Dr. Abdulllah Abdullah, on Sunday conducted a protest rally chanting slogans “We will not accepted rigging” “fraudulent votes should be separated from transparent votes”.

The supporters have closed the Mazar-Kabulinfo-icon highway in Aibak City, the provincial capital for few hours against traffic and demanded the IEC to address their legal demands.

Makhdom Abdul Hai Rahmani, Junbish-i-Mili party head for Samangan and a protestor told Pajhwok Afghan News that the IEC should declare non-biometric votes invalid.

 Mohammad Saalam, another protestor, said the purpose of their protest was the separation of fraudulent votes from transparent votes.

He urged the IEC to stay impartial and announce the election results transparent.

Earlier, the Presidential Candidates’ Council has criticized the two ruling candidates for the election crisis and suggested creation of a ‘government based on national partnership’.

Members of the council during a press conference in Kabul said that the electoral crisis was deepening with each passing day and a government based on national partnership could reverse the tide.

Earlier on Sunday, representatives of the IEC, presidential runners and observers were meeting here in an effort to resolve differences over the polls.

Civil society activists and media representatives are also attending at the IEC headquarters here, amidst rows over the vote recount and delay in announcement of election results.



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