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The Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) says the decision of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) for recounting the Presidential election votes is contrary against the 19th article of the amended election law.
TEFA in a press release on Sunday said the recounting process of votes without considering the previous election principles will lead to crisis.
“Any type of validation for votes without biometric information outside of a given election day (7:00 am to 5:00 pm) can provide grounds for rejecting the election results for the electoral teams and the Afghan people,” TEFA said.
According to the press release, TEFA voiced serious concern over the electoral calendar regarding the announcement of the preliminary election results, saying violation in announcement of primary and final result of election results could provide grounds for public mistrust and a new crisis similar to the 2014 crisis.
The Election Foundation also expressed concern over the technical process of election which is heading toward politicization which is a major blow to Afghanistan fledgling democracy.
TEFA has called on the electoral bodies to comply with the election law, regulations and principles which have been previously approved and ensure the transparency of the election process to the people.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) says the IS-K in Afghanistan had been completely territorially defeated and driven out of their strongholds in the country.
The Minister of Interior, Masoud Andarabi in a ceremony of introducing the new Police commander of Nangarhar province said that the IS-K in completely defeated and the Nangarhar residents have proved that their province is not a place for foreign networks.
Andarabi assured the inhabitants of Nangarhar that security forces will prevent the assassinations of religious scholars, tribal elders and targeted killings in this province.
A faction of ISIS-K attempted to establish a caliphate in Nangarhar province since its first arrival to Afghanistan in 2014.
With an initial design to conquer, then subjugate, the citizens of Jalalabad, IS-K continues to attempt to find sanctuary that provides a springboard for its global jihad ideology.
The Afghan National Police operations team has arrested 22 suspects in nine of the country’s 34 provinces within the past two days, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Sunday.
Eight detainees, reportedly being involved in murder cases, were taken to the provincial police headquarters in Nangarhar, Takhar, Khost, Laghman, and Helmand provinces, MoI said in a statement.
A total of 14 suspects were arrested in charges of armed robberies and possession of illegal weapons in Kabul, Herat, Samangan and Kandahar provinces, according to the statement.
“The suspects were taken to concerned departments for screening and possible legal process,” the statement added.
No weapon was fired when police forces made the arrests, the statement said, adding the operation were part of preventive measures being adopted to ensure a high level of security and safety in the country.
Afghan security officials have announced the start of a new operation under the name of “Shahin 216” in Sar-e Pul province.
The Shahin 209 Corps in a press release said that a joint clearance operation started today at 10:00am in Baghawi Afghania, Baghawi Abb Garm villages of the center of Sar-e Pul province.
According to the press release, the security forces have launched the operation but still have not faced any clashes with Taliban insurgents.
Sar-e Pul province is among the in-secure provinces of the country which Taliban have a widespread presence in the province.
The Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and the leader for “Stability and Convergence” electoral team says the recounting process of votes should be stopped and it will not have legitimacy without the monitor of their observers.
CE Abdullah in a gathering today in Kabul declared that every Afghan wants transparency and the people don’t want an election result with fraud.
“The IEC decided that only the biometric votes will be counted, so if there is no data for other votes, they must not be counted,” he said.
“In recent days, decisions have taken place and that is why today we have come here to announce our next decision over the election process,” Abdullah said. “There are talks about 300,000 votes—are they valid or not? Are they real votes or not?”
“The system shows that the voting process started the night before the election started,” Abdullah said.
CE emphasized that his team will send a letter to the Independent Election Commission (IEC) about the issue, and his observers will not to participate in the recounting process, adding that the vote should be clear before there is a recount.
Abdullah stressed that the election result will only count the clean (valid) votes of the people.
“If the IEC doesn’t listen to our demand then we will make another move,” Abdullah said, adding “But it will be peaceful, as always. We don’t want any crisis.”
One of the most dangerous commanders of Taliban Mullah Hamdu was killed during an operation which was conducted in Zabul province, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on Sunday.
MoD in a statement said that one of the most dangerous commanders of Taliban was killed during an operation in Shanki district along with two of his guards.
According to the statement, Mullah Hamdu was the military head of the group for Shinki district and was responsible for terrorist plans, transferring of explosives and making car bombs.
MoD added that the killed Taliban commander had also a close relation with the Al-Qaeda network.
The ‘State Builder’ team of incumbent President Ashraf Ghani has called on other electoral teams to stop making irresponsible comments without any evidences.
The political committee of the State Builder team says the other teams should cooperate with election commissions in accordance with the principles to ensure the transparency.
The committee in a statement on Saturday night stated that the Afghan people are waiting for the results of the Presidential election.
The statement said that the unannounced delay of the election results leaves the country in a confusion condition, and this vague situation directly and indirectly damages the country’s economy and the peace process.
President Ghani’s team emphasized that the election commission should announce the primary results on Nov 14 and the delay in the primary results again will have no legal justification.
This comes as yesterday the “Stability and Partnership” electoral team boycotted the recounting process of election votes.
The murder of three judges of Paktia province is the latest targeted killing of Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.
Three Afghan judges and an administrative officer have been ambushed by Taliban and shot killed while they were traveling from the southeastern province of Paktia to Kabul.
According to local Police in Logar, the Taliban militants stopped the vehicle the four victims were travelling in and shot them.
The deputy spokesman of MoD, Fawad Aman in a statement said that at least four Taliban militants were killed during an air strike in Muhammad Agha district of Logar on Saturday night.
Aman noted that a key commander of Taliban named Waisuddin who is said to be the murderer of three judges is also among the killed.
The Taliban group, which has been blamed for previous ambushes on the highway linking Logar Province to Kabul has not commented regarding the incident.
Afghan security forces have killed the Red Unit commander of Taliban group and its shadow judge in a clash in northern Faryab province.
The 209th Shahin Corps in a statement said that security forces have killed the shadow judge of Taliban for Andkhoy district Mawlavi Muhammad Rahim and the Red Unit commander of Taliban, Farzand-e Atta for Qarghan district in clashes.
According to the statement, the clashes erupted between Afghan forces and Taliban in Andkhoy district.
“Afghan forces also killed seven other insurgents including two militants from Uzbekistan,” the statement added.
The Taliban group has not commented regarding the incident so far.