Dermalog, the company that provided biometric devices to the Independent Election Commission for Afghanistan’s polling, on Thursday shared the details of those polling stations that need recounting.
However, officials from the Election Commission have said that the company so far has not submitted a complete report on the verification of biometric votes.
“47,500 votes are those votes which have duplicate photographs, photos of children or substandard photos or have duplicate fingerprints, but we hope that these issues do not impact the date we have set to announce the preliminary results,” said IEC commissioner Mawlana Abdullah.
The report includes details about the duplicate photographs and photos of underage voters in the 47,500 votes.
The company is now preparing to submit another report on the duplicate votes and duplicate finger prints
In a letter to the IEC on Tuesday, the company confirmed that over 1.9 million votes are biometrically registered.
The German firm said in the letter that from the more than 1.9 million votes, 137,630 are under “server quarantine.”
Some in the election campaigns say that the company does not have the capacity to manage the elections.
“We are now realizing step by step that this company does not have the capability to accomplish its tasks on time,” said Mohammad Younus Nawandesh, a member of Stability and Convergence Team.
“It seems that the company will not fulfil its commitment with the government and the doubts that existed among the election campaigns about the capacity of the company are now increasing day by day,” said Sher Aqa Rouhani, a member of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar election campaign.
“All the issues are distressing for us, more delays create more concerns and it creates the condition for conspiracy,” said Dawoud Sultanzoi, member of the State Building team.
The Election Commission has said that the total number of polling sites which will go for recounting will be determined once Dermalog submits its complete report on the verification of the biometric votes.