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Afghanistan Presidential Elections: IEC Progress in Recording Votes

Published Jun 18, 2019
Updated Apr 13, 2020

All in all acceptance of the final outcome of counting of votes in the Presidential elections continues to haunt the September 28 polls in Afghanistan.

Preliminary results in Afghanistan’s presidential election are now certainly delayed as the electronic database used to tally votes has not been finalised. 1.8 million of the 2.6 million Afghans who voted have been added to the electoral data base so far and the work is ongoing as on 17 October, or about a quarter of the electorate. It was not immediately clear why the database had not .

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) is continuing steadily with the work of completion of presidential elections votes recording and is expected to declare the result possibly before end of the month which will be a week later than originally scheduled citing some technical problems.

Council of Presidential Candidates amongst other agencies including some foreign missions have asked the IEC to consider transparency instead of speed in its work on vote counting on the September 28 presidential electionsto avoid a repeat of 2014. While work of the IEC appears to be streamlined for now a contentious issue is whether the non-biometric votes will be counted or not and a decision to the effect will determine the final electoral victor as well as the fairness of the process that has been followed in the Presidential elections.

While the IEC is an independent body and the members have been selected by the 18 Presidential candidates themselves there are claims of incumbent Presidential pressure on the organization.

Council of Presidential Candidates includes 13 out of 18 presidential candidates or 16 who are finally in the fray has called out against corruption by the two main candidates incumbent President Ashraf Ghani and the CEO Dr Abdullah Abdullah. The Council comprises of all candidates less the President and the CEO and the HizbIslami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar who has also claimed that he has gained large number of votes though estimates are otherwise.

While the Council of Presidential Candidates had proposed that the Presidential elections be postponed and there should be an interim government as the situation in the country was not conducive to holding of polls, their stand is now to declare the same as invalid due to allegations of fraud. The group will be a pressure lobby that will be established but how far and how much it can penetrate the electoral calculations remains to be seen?
All in all acceptance of the final outcome of counting of votes in the Presidential elections continues to haunt the September 28 polls in Afghanistan.

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