The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has launched investigations in Kabul and provinces to find those involved in October 20 and 21 parliamentary election fraud, the commission’s chief Abdul Badi Sayyad said.
Sayyad’s remarks came after a number of candidates, whose names failed to appear on the preliminary results list, accused IEC of widespread fraud.
In addition, a number of election watchdog organizations have said the parliamentary elections were riddled with fraud, including embezzlement.
The failed candidates so far have carried out protests in Kabul and in a number of provinces.
Last week, they closed roads leading into Kabul and on Saturday held demonstrations in the city over the issue of fraud.
Sayyad said most of the problems and corruption allegations were related to the operational department of the commission, managed by the commission secretariat head Ahmad Shah Zamanzai.
“Anyone who has been involved in fraud in the capital or in provinces will be identified by the commission, will be introduced to legal and judicial centers and will be fired from their jobs,” Sayyad said.
Ahmad Shah Zamanzai, however, so far, has not spoken with the media and seems reluctant to share information about his activities.
Despite repeated attempts to speak to him, TOLOnews failed to get comment from Zamanzai.
Members of the election commission however rejected the allegations against the commission and said if the candidates have documents and evidence, they should lodge cases with legal and judicial organizations.
“Our respected candidates unfortunately did not refer to investigative or intelligence departments and did not cooperate (with us). And now as they failed to succeed, they use any way,” Sayed Hafizullah Hashemi, a commissioner said.
Former secretariat head of the election commission Daud Ali Najafi meanwhile said based on the law, members of the commission also have the responsibility to respond to the corruption allegations.
“If the orders are being taken from the secretary head, then the secretary head is guilty. If the orders are being taken from the operational deputy chief, then the deputy chief is guilty,” said Najafi.
The results of parliamentary elections were meanwhile announced after repeated delays and election watchdogs and a number of candidates said poor management and corruption in electoral commissions were the reasons behind the delays.