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Officials of the “Stability and Partnership” electoral team led by the Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah has warned the Independent Election Commission (IEC) that one single fraudulent vote is not acceptable.
A member of the “Stability and Partnership” electoral team, Fazel Ahmad Manawi in a press conference on Monday said that the IEC in its yesterday meeting clearly showed that they do not obey the law.
Manawi emphasized that his electoral team is not looking for any excuse and just want the election commission to obey the law.
“IEC had no convincing answer at yesterday’s meeting, but they did admit they had no legal document to validate 102,000 votes before and after the given time on Election Day,” he said.
Manawi’s remarks come as the Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) has also criticized the management of IEC’s informative meeting on Sunday.
The National Stability Society celebrated the late Dr. Tetsu Nakamura“Memorial Reference” on Monday to pay to his unprecedented work in field of development, agriculture and canalizations in Kunar and Nangarhar provinces.
“The whole Afghan nation stood against his killing and protest this crime,” the National Stability Society said in a series of tweets.
President Ashraf Ghani’s adviser, Ziaulhaq Amarkhil said that the killing of Dr.Nakamura brings a nation-wide condemnation against the anti-development mindset which means, the new Afghanistan believe on development and humanity.
“I offer my deepest sadness and condolences for Japanese and Afghan people to lose such a brave emblem of Development and Humanity,” he said.
Nakamura, 73, was riding in a two-vehicle convoy that was ambushed on a road in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan on Dec. 4. He was killed along with five others, including the driver.
Nakamura’s wife and daughter arrived in Afghanistan on Dec. 6 to bring his body back to Japan.
At least nine Afghan security forces were killed and wounded in a car bomb explosion in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.
MoD in a press release on Monday said, “The incident took place about 10:00am local time after a suicide bomber detonated a truck laden with explosives close to a security checkpoint in Nad Ali district after identified by security forces.”
According to the MoD press release, at least five security forces were killed and four others were wounded in the blast.
This comes as the spokesman of Helmand governor, Omar Zawak has earlier said that two civilians including a woman were also wounded in the incident.
The Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) says the wrong way of holding and managing the Independent Election Commission (IEC)’s informative meeting with electoral groups and observers has increased the electoral crisis.
TEFA in a press release on Monday said that the IEC’s meeting was an opportunity to bring election partners together, understand and engage in election-related bodies, saying no to deadlock and electoral crisis uphold the principle of transparency, accountability and people’s demands.
“Choosing the wrong way to manage this important electoral meeting, IEC made it demonstrable and failing to provide a rational, legal and satisfying response to the concerned parties,” the press release said.
TEFA added that IEC’s meeting had the low capacity to manage and address the questions and objections, it has not been a breakthrough and has further complicated the election crisis.
Afghan local officials have confirmed that at least seven people were killed and wounded in a car bomb explosion in Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province.
The spokesman of Helmand governor, Omar Zawak said the incident took place at around 11:00am on Monday in Naray manda area of Nad-e Ali district close to a security forces’ checkpoint.
According to Zawak, two security forces were killed and three others were wounded in the incident.
He noted that the number of casualties may rise. He added that two security forces including a female soldier were wounded in the incident.
This comes as national media outlets have reported that at least nine soldiers were killed and two others were wounded.
Afghan local officials have confirmed that a suicide car bomber detonated his explosives close to a security checkpoint in Nad Ali district of Helmand province on Monday.
The spokesman of Helmand governor, Omar Zawak told Reporterly that the explosion took place at around 11:00am on Monday.
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Afghan security officials in the north of the country say at least two key Taliban fighters along with three other members have been killed in Faryab province.
The 209 Shahin Corps in a press release on Monday said that Taliban shadow governor for Faryab, Amanullah known as Amini and Zinullah known as Khalid a key Taliban group commander along with three other fighters of the group were killed in the province.
According to the press release, the Taliban members were killed during an air operation in Temorak village of Almar district.
The press release added that at least one of the Taliban fighters was also wounded during the operation.
The foreign ministers and high-level representatives of participating and supporting countries will attend the eighth ministerial conference of the “Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process” in Turkey today, Monday.
The conference will kick off with statements delivered by President Ashraf Ghani and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The event will be attended by the foreign ministers and high-ranking representatives of 15 participating countries, 16 supporting countries and 12 supporting regional and international organizations of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process, according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The theme of the conference is Peace, Partnership and Prosperity.
The Afghan acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Idrees Zaman has met Mr. Markus Potzel, Special Representative of Germany for Afghanistan and discussed over important Afghan related issues.
Both sides discussed issues of mutual interests, ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement.
“The focus was given to the peace talks and future intra Afghan dialogue. Mr. Potzel reaffirmed his government’s commitment to peace and stability in Afghanistan and support the Afghan owned Afghan led peace process,” the statement added.
The statement added that the Afghan minister briefed Mr. Potzel of the latest developments around peace talks.