As IEC announced the arrival of a final batch of biometric kits on coming Thursday, as it seems that the electoral watchdog has begun its tough work on the upcoming elections for parliament.
Last week, the IEC began to train 250 of its personnel in the usage of biometric devices and the training was completed in 3 days. The trained personnel are now supposed to train provincial IEC workers as and when all the biometric kits arrive in Afghanistan.
Not just this, the IEC has also issued a stern warning to those who intend on or have submitted multiple registrations as voters. The IEC has already cracked down on more than half a million fake tazkeras (Afghanistan National ID Cards) and today issued a warning stating that if any individual is found to have registered twice as a voter, there will be a fine charged of up to 100,000 Afghanis.
There was considerable controversy surrounding the use of biometric devices in the parliamentary elections and with a lot of pressure from the opposition, the IEC made sure it carries out its operations to mellow down all the doubt it has been receiving.
The commission has also begun to approve voters list for provinces and it announced that has so far completed approval of 19 provinces’ voter’s list.
However, IEC is not the only body that is working hard. With the electoral complaints commission (IECC) working efficiently towards addressing complaints with respect to the elections, it seems that Afghan parliamentary elections might come to their own after all.