Four months and seven days have passed since the presidential elections were held, but still the exact announcement date of the final results is unclear.
On the basis of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) timetable, the commissions—both the IEC and Independent Elections Complaints Commission (IECC)—were supposed to declare the final results on November 6, 2019—but the results are yet not clear.
A number of election observers said that Afghanistan is the only country in the world that has failed to announce its final presidential election results in more than four months.
Meanwhile, a mother of a killed Afghan army soldier says her son voted for a better future and secured the election day, but he lost his life three months ago and died before seeing the election results.
“My son voted on election day for the future president, for peace, and for our nation’s destiny--but he lost his life,” said the mother of Ghorzang, a soldier killed in combat.
Three months have passed since the soldier’s death but there is still no announcement of the final election results.
Ghorzang’s brother said that Ghorzang, with all his hopes for the election and what it would bring, lost his life but failed to see the outcome of his efforts.
“My brother voted for his country and for peace to come to the country,” said Sangar, Ghorzang’s brother.
“My brother died and still peace has not come. There is no new president, but my brother lost his life with all his hopes,” said Zakariya, another brother of Ghorzang.
A number of election observers and civil society activists say that the delay in the presidential election results is causing instability politically, economically and within the nation’s security situation.
“Further delay in announcing the election results is a clear violation of electoral law and shows an administrative weakness in the process,” said Maseha Faiez, a women’s rights activist.
Despite all the critics, still the date for the final results of the presidential election is not clear.
“We strive to complete what is relevant to us and within the jurisdiction of the Electoral Complaints Commission at a given time,” said Chaman Shah Etemadi, head of the secretariat of the IECC.
The Presidential election was held on September 28, 2019, but still, after four months, there is no news of the final results.