The Grand Coalition of Afghanistan on Monday asked the National Unity Government and the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to disclose details around the plan for the biometric system that will be used on election day.
The coalition’s request comes after the IEC last week announced it will use biometrics for elections. This comes after the IEC said previously there was no time to roll out the system before elections.
Members of the coalition said they want the IEC and government to provide information about the biometric system and convince them that the system is appropriate for the elections.
“We want the election commission and government to disclose to the public the details about the implementation of the biometric system and about improvements in monitoring elections (by parties) as soon as possible,” Humayun Humayun, a member of the coalition said.
Although sources have said that government has agreed to a German company providing the biometric system for elections - for 15 million euros. The company will reportedly send 24,000 units and other necessary equipment to Kabul by October 10, but the IEC said negotiations on buying the biometric system is not the job of the commission.
“One month ago, they (IEC) said the use a of biometric system was not possible, but today they say a biometric system will be used. These contradictory remarks create confusion and has worried us,” Naeem Ayubzada, head of Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan said.
While the Grand Coalition of Afghanistan has claimed that hundreds of thousands people have fake Identity Cards and have registered to vote at the upcoming elections, the election commission said the Afghanistan Central Civil Registration Authority (ACCRA) so far has given them information about over 1,000 defective IDs and has asked them to probe the issue.
“We have received letters from ACCRA and we will do our assessments. ACCRA told us that they are also assessing the IDs,” Sayed Hafizullah Hashemi, secretary of the IEC said.
The election commission said so far they have entered information of 9,027,000 registered voters in the voter database.