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Poll result: MPs say ball is now in IECC court

Poll result: MPs say ball is now in IECC court

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Dec 23, 2019 - 17:27

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members on Monday welcomed the announcement of presidential election’s initial result, but criticized the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) and asked the Independent Election Complaint Commission (IECC) to ensure transparency.

Ibrarullah Murad, a lower house member from Nangarhar province, welcomed the announcement of poll result and said: “Presidential candidates should refer their complaints to the IECC in order to be addressed and anyone of the two --- Dr. Abdullah or Dr. Ghani --- emerges victorious, is acceptable to us. Problems and crisis in the country are too much and we cannot afford more problems.”

Nader Khan Katawazai, a lawmaker from Paktika province, also welcomed the election result and said individuals who contested the ballot should dare to accept defeat.

Some other lawmakers also welcomed the result announcement and said candidates should learn democratic culture and honor the decisions of the two commissions.

But some other lawmakers held different views.  Abdul Zahir Tamim, a lawmaker from Ghorinfo-icon province, said: “I condole with the people of Afghanistaninfo-icon over the result of presidential poll because the rigged Commission has no value of people’s and security personnel’s blood and again hit a nail in the coffin of democracy.”

He asked how long would rigging and transgression rule public mandate and continue to deprive them of power. He claimed the IEC imposed 300,000 votes on people based on an illogical argument.

Abdul Rahman Pedram, a lawmaker from Herat province, shared similar views and added now everyone looked towards to the IECC, thinking it would join hands with the fraudulent IEC or will announce transparent result.

Sher Mohammad Akhndzada, a lawmaker from Helmand province, said: “If election complaints are not addressed and the primary results are repeated as final results, the people will take to the streets.”

Speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani said despite being delayed for a long time, the results of presidential polls were a step forward.

He said now the ball was in the IECC court and they should address all relevant election complaints.

He hoped the IECC would be able to address all complaints transparently and get the satisfaction of the masses.

President Ashraf Ghani has won the September ballot by bagging 50.64 per cent of the votes, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced on Sunday.
Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah stood second with 39.52 per cent, the commission said while unveiling the long-delayed preliminary results.
About a million of the initial 2.7 million votes were thrown out due to anomalies, representing the lowest turnout in any election in the country.
On the completion of a vote recount and audit in all process, IEC Chairperson HawaAlamNuristani told a press conference here the number of the biometrically verified votes in the September 28 election was 1824,404.
GulbadinHekmatyar, leader of the Hezb-i-Islam Afghanistan (HIA), managed to poll 3.85 percent of the ballots cast in the election.

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