The Kabul branch of the Electoral Complaints Commission on Thursday called for the IT head of the IEC to be investigated by the Attorney General’s office, following technical issues with the biometric devices.
This comes as election observers and members of election campaigns continue to criticize the IEC for its failure to accelerate the process of transferring data from the biometric devices to the commission’s main server.
To remedy the situation, the IEC invited two German engineers from the manufacturer of the biometric devices to visit Afghanistan. “Engineers have arrived, the work is going well, and the problem has been resolved to some extent,” said IEC chief Hawa Alam Nuristani.
Meanwhile, Iranian ambassador to Kabul, Mohammad Reza Bahrami, also stressed the need for the implementation of all IEC laws and procedures.
“We hope that the honorable commission undertakes its responsibilities within the framework of the procedures and other criteria,” said Iranian envoy to Kabul Mohammad Reza Bahrami.
The IEC used over 26,000 biometric devices in the September 28 presidential elections.
Over the past twelve days, the Election Commission has managed to transfer data from 22,445 biometric devices to the IEC’s main server.
“The system has not been working for the past eight days, if the system is not fixed, it will be difficult to carry out the work in a timely manner,” said Mohammad Younus Nawandesh, a member of Abdullah Abdullah’s campaign.
“Engineers are working, we hope that the work will be completed in the right way,” said Daud Sultanzoy, a member of Ashraf Ghani campaign.
The IEC on Thursday also warded off calls for non-biometric votes to be counted, by reiterating their stance that only biometrically-verified votes would be considered valid.