Counting of Votes to Begin Tomorrow: IEC

IEC spokesman Sayed Hafizullah Hashem announced on Tuesday that the vote count will begin from Wednesday onwards for the parliamentary elections that took place last weekend. They also clarified that the results will be declared on November 6.

Also tomorrow, the commission would be beginning a new information centre, “All political parties and media may come to the commission tomorrow and visit the centre. We will inaugurate the centre tomorrow,” said the spokesperson.

The IEC officials informed that all the election materials which include some prior results have been transferred from polling centres to the respective provincial capitals.

The spokesperson also said that counting would take place in Kabul, “Vote counting has been finished at polling stations and polling centres. Tomorrow vote counting will start,” said Hashemi.

However, many observer organisations and watchdogs are of the opinion that if the counting process is carried out in the same complacent and unruly way as the elections, then there will be reasonable doubts cast upon the credibility of the results. Hence, they warned that the counting should be done properly and managed well, unlike the elections. “Problems with the biometric system show that the commission managed the election process poorly. These problems should not be repeated in the vote counting and the commission should not make promises to the people that it cannot fulfil,” Yusuf Rasheed, executive director of Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan said.
“If vote counting is managed as the election day (was managed), what has been expected will not be gained,” Naeem Ayubzada, executive director of Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan said.

Afghanistan finally held the long-awaited parliamentary elections on October 20 and the process of voting is reported to have had a lot of gaps within it. Added to that was the fact that Kandahar and Ghazni’s elections are yet to take place next week and next year respectively.
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