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Appellant complaints continue to pour in: IECC

Appellant complaints continue to pour in: IECC

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Jan 19, 2020 - 18:19

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Sunday said it has so far registered 4,700 appellant complaints from three electoral teams and the number was likely to increase.

IECC commissioner and spokesman Mohammad Qasim Ilyasi told media persons here that the appellant complaints might increase because the Khost IECC shared its statement with the IECC central office last Thursday.

He said 4,700 appellant complaints had been registered from State Builder, Stability and Partnership and Peace, Islamic Justice electoral teams, but most of the complaints were lodged by the Stability and Partnership team.

According to him, 899 appellant complaints in Paktia, 650 in Nangarhar, as many in Kandahar, 450 in Kabul, 384 in Paktika, 238 in Khost, 225 in Kunar, 214 in Helmand, 119 in Logar, 177 in Laghman, 142 in Ghorinfo-icon, 86 in Ghazni, 60 in Nimroz, 42 in Kapisa, 28 in Zabul, 20 in Daikundi, 16 in Herat, 16 in Farah, 14 in Kuduz, 12 in Nuristan, five in Baghlan, four in Faryab, three in Balkh, as many in Sar-i-Pul, three in Badakhshan and two appellant complaints in Uruzgan hav been registered.

 He said most of the complaints were against non-biometric votes, differences between votes, suspension of votes and voting before and later of the official time.

 He said the IECC would not be able to assess all these complaints within the given time if the appellant objections complicated issues.

A list of suspected 5,387 polling stations for a vote recount and audit in  19 provinces has been shared with the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) and the IEC will reply soon, he added.

Meanwhile, Zabiuhllah Sadat, IEC spokesman, told Pajhwok that they had received a list of 5,387 suspected polling stations for a vote recount and audit in 19 provinces. He said issues in the mentioned list would be discussed with the IECC.

Yousuf Rashid, the Free and Fair Election Foundation (FEFA) head, told Pajhwok that the number of appellant complaints was too high and the IECC would not be able to evaluate them all.

He said electoral teams believed registering more complaints could bring the IECC under pressure.

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