The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday said it had rejected the first proposal of the technical team on the e-voting system, and that it had called for the plan to be reviewed.
The IEC said it had raised 38 queries with regards to the proposal and that the plan needs to be reassessed, said IEC spokesman Gulajan Abdulbadi Sayad.
This comes a day after the (IEC) said the team tasked with reviewing an e-voting system for Afghanistan would send their results to the commission within the next three days.
The IEC argued that on the basis of this proposal, the vote counting process and the process of announcing the election results will be conducted along the lines of previous elections.
“The commission does not recognize the partial utilization of technology, it expects that technology is used in all sections not only in limited areas. Technology must be used in all aspects of the process including the voter lists, vote counting process, voting process and the results of elections, therefore we shared our reservations with them,” said Sayad.
Meanwhile, the CEO’s office has reiterated its call for the revival of public trust in the elections.
“The commission will conduct its job and will share the results of its work, but this is not final, … later a final decision will be taken about it,” said the CEO’s deputy spokesman Jawed Faisal.
“It resolves one part of the problem which is related to the voter lists, but it cannot resolve other parts such as interference in the election process, vote counting process and election results,” said Mohammad Yousuf Rashid, chairman of Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA).