Parties Insist that Elections had Fraudulent Practices

Several political parties on Monday called out the IEC for managing the elections poorly and claimed that the elections were full of fraud.

The parties are also insisting that in those centres where biometric use was excused due to issues, the votes in those centres shall be discarded. “Afghanistan political parties want the voting results, in the areas where biometric systems were not used, discredited,” Khan Mohammad Wahdat, a representative of the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan said.

In a press conference on Monday, parties’ representatives pointed out that the IEC had strategically virtually disenfranchised people as they basically deprived many of exercising their voting right.
“We heard that IEC officials unashamedly claimed elections were transparent. We do not know what their definition of transparency is,” Humayun Jarir, a member of Hizb-e-Islami said.

There were many delays in the opening of the centres and stations and also in the use of biometric in many places which were not received well by the political parties, “The start of the process was delayed (in the morning) so votes could be counted in the darkness of the night. Women could also not stay (in polling centers) late in to the night,” Noor Rahman Akhlaqi, a member of Jamiat-e-Islami said.

The parties hinted that the gaps in elections were nothing but a cunning political move by the authorities.

Earlier today, IEC Chief Abdul Sayyad addressed many concerns in a press conference and the IEC has clarified that none of its actions was to satisfy any vested political interests. Acknowledging and admitting gaps in electoral management, IEC announced that a committee has been created to probe into all complaints and issues received by the IECC.

In the meanwhile, the opposing political parties are yet to finalise their stance once their observers are through the monitoring process. By then it is also expected that some key findings from IEC’s investigation committee are out.

22 / October 2018