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Nuristani begs permission for recount, audit of votes in 7 provinces

Nuristani begs permission for recount, audit of votes in 7 provinces

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Dec 13, 2019 - 18:31

 

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Head of the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) has demanded permission for the recount and audit of votes in seven provinces and warned the Commission independency would be undermined if they are not allowed their work.

This was stated in a meeting organized by the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) in which members of the IEC and civil societyinfo-icon representatives participated.

IEC Head Hawa Alam Nuristani said: “The purpose of this meeting was to explore ways for the resolution of current electoral issues.”

“We are not allowed recount and audit in seven provinces which undermine our independence. They don’t allow me to work, recount and work so what should the Commission do? You shall come and head the Commission and decide what do you wish?” she said.

She said IEC has referred 12,560 people to judicial institutions in connection to alleged election irregularities.

Zahra Bayan Shinwari, head of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC), said that IEC should end the stalemate in election as soon as possible and the election candidates should also allow the IEC for its work.

She expressed concern over delay in the announcement of election result and said: “The way to end stalemate in election crisis, there is need for the implementation of election rules and regulations.”

She said there is difference of opinion over 102,000 or 137,000 votes which should be resolved thought talks.

IECC Secretary Mohammad Qasim Elyasi said the purpose of the meeting was to resolve election related problems.

He said 4,528 complaints had been registered in the local IECC offices since the Election Day. 1,807 complaints which were not supported by evidence had been revoked, 674 complaints referred for reformation, 2,294 polling stations had been referred for recount, five people had been removed from their jobs and 909 election crimes had been identified.

Asadullah Saadati, nominee for second vice president in Stability and Partnership team, said in line with their demand, 300,000 votes should be invalidated and individuals who committed election crimes should be referred to judicial organs.

“Hiding election crimes means support to election fraud, major election criminals have not been introduced to judicial organs,” he said.

Umar Daudzai, member of the State Builder election team asked the IEC to announce the election result as soon as possible.

He stressed IEC should be allowed to discharge its duty and no one should interfere in its affairs.

Presidential election was held on September 28. Earlier the IEC had given October 19 the date for announcement of preliminary result while November 7 for announcement of final result of the presidential election.

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 it for an indefinite time.

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