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Abdullah’s team threatens exit from election

Abdullah’s team threatens exit from election

Feb 16, 2020 - 19:19

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Stability and Partnership presidential election team, led by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, on Sunday warned of withdrawing from the election process and said the masses would not accept a fraudulent result.

Fazl Ahmad Manavi, a representative of Abdullah’s team, told a press conference here said that the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) had started audit and recount of votes in a number of provinces without the presence of observers of IECC, candidates and oversight institutes and without a working plan.

He said corrupt IEC figures started the audit and recount process in provinces today. “Abdullah’s team did not want to participate in the vote audit and recount process, but the team agreed to participate after commitments from IECC and due to some problems in the process, he said.

“Most of decisions made by IECC are unlawful, the commission had promised to invalidate votes cast without biometric and out of time, but they acted against its own promises,” he said.

About sampling from 137,000 suspicious votes and 102,000 votes polled out of time, he said no procedure and laws were considered in testing samples of votes.

“We had high expectations form the IECC; but this commission also took unlawful actions and cancelled decisions of its provincial offices,” he said.

Manavi said votes from 5,000 polling stations had to be recounted based on the IECC’s provincial offices decisions.

He said their team suspected IECC’s performance and if the situation did not improve, their team would be obliged to withdraw from the election process. “We were the winners if real votes had been counted,” he said.

“It is impossible to impose a fraudulent result on people using force, but I assure the public that we will defend your votes and we will use any option for defending that right,” he said.

He asked the international community to cooperate in ensuring transparency in the election.

The special audit of 10 percent of total 137,630 votes and 15 percent of total 102,012 votes was expected to start today.



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