Afghanistan Contentions over Presidential Elections Outcome Growing
As the Independent Elections Commission (IEC) is carrying out recount of votes before the announcement of interim results on 14 November, there are growing concerns that the outcome may not be acceptable to the leading candidates.
Chief Executive Officer Dr Abdullah Abdullah’s Stability and Convergence Team has specified four types of fraudulent votes in the Presidential elections held on 28 September as per Tolonews.
137,630 votes which are under server quarantine
102,012 votes which have been cast before or after the election day
Votes validated by duplicate photos, or photos of photos.
Votes from 700 devices and memory cards that are lost
The members of Abdullah’s team reiterated that “over 300,000 fraudulent votes” will not be acceptable under any circumstances and the recount will not be acceptable unless the fraudulent votes have been removed from the total as per the Tolonews.
The recount has been boycotted by the CEO’s team as the same is being carried out without segregation of votes.
On the other hand incumbent President’s team is insisting that the votes be counted without pressure from any side.
“They (the incumbent commissioners) should defend their independence. People are concerned. They should announce the results based on actual votes,” said Ibrahim Alokozai, an aide to President Ghani’s State Builder campaign team as per the Tolonews.
The impasse is likely to deepen unless the same is resolved early as per observers of the elections scene in Afghanistan.
“If the current situation continues, it will be difficult for the election commission to continue its activities, including the announcement of final results,” the former head of the Independent Election Commission, Fazl Ahmad Manawi, said as per Tolonews. “They will create the conditions for a crisis if they do not put aside their differences and make a thorough decision on their regulations and activities,” said Yusuf Rasheed, head of Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan.
“The former commission was listening to the government and it faced this fate… But now, before a crisis occurs, they (the incumbent commissions) should defend their independence–for their work and for their choices. They should announce the actual votes of the people,” said Daud Ali Najafi, a former head of the election commission, said.