Habib-ur-Rahman Nang, head of the IEC Secretariat, on Friday responded to the news of Mohammad Kabir Panahi, head of IEC's IT department, being summoned to the Attorney General's office. Nang said that he doesn’t have any information about the issue and Panahi may continue in his job.
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.
Election Complaints Commission officials said they will announce their official decision on Saturday.
“We have no information about this, and no investigation has been done and the person in charge is doing his job right now,” said Habib-ur-Rahman Nang, head of the IEC Secretariat.
But Election Complaint Commission officials say they have received more than 800 complaints about problems with biometric devices on Election Day.
Although two engineers from Dermalog, the company that provided the devices, came to Kabul on Thursday, there is still criticism of the slow pace.
“The engineers that came here are working on a solution to get the computer optimized and to transfer the memory card information off of the devices through the computer quickly and easily,” said Abdul Qadir Hotkhail, Ghani’s team observer in the IEC.
“First they have to explain why they couldn't transfer information via Wi-Fi. I don't think that in the current era their inability would be acceptable, and the data has to be transmitted through the Wi-Fi,” said Noor Rahman Akhlaqi, Abdullah Abdullah’s team observer in the IEC.
However, a number of IEC members say they will hold a consultative meeting with an electoral technical group on how to speed up the process of transferring information from biometric devices.
“If we have new messages about this, we will share with you how we can accelerate this process from a technical perspective and be accountable to the people of Afghanistan,” said Rahima Zarifi, IEC commissioner.
So far out of 26,000 biometric devices, the full information of 5,000 biometric devices has been transferred to the IEC data center.